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Filing swiss tax return before leaving the country

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After 5 months in CH I am now leaving for Singapore. I have rather simple tax matters but due to not speaking French nor German would likely need to do my Swiss tax return through some advisor. For this reason I think it would probably be easier to do them while I am still in the country. But is it possible to do the tax return on 2008 income yet? Or do I have to wait until next year?

Also, does anyone know an english speaking tax advisor in Lausanne area?

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Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere

After 5 months in CH I am now leaving for Singapore. I have rather simple tax matters but due to not speaking French nor German would likely need to do my Swiss tax return through some advisor. For this reason I think it would probably be easier to do them while I am still in the country. But is it possible to do the tax return on 2008 income yet? Or do I have to wait until next year?

Also, does anyone know an english speaking tax advisor in Lausanne area?

thanks
Firstly I assume you have been on PAYE. If that s the case you only need to fill in your tax if you earned over 120K per year pro rata or have good reason to believe you will get a rebate.

It is possible to make a tax return before the year end but you will need to speak to your local commune about this. Note here that the settlement will probably not be made before 2009... I guess it could be if the tax office wanted just from experience they tend not to be "too" quick...
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Firstly I assume you have been on PAYE. If that s the case you only need to fill in your tax if you earned over 120K per year pro rata or have good reason to believe you will get a rebate.
Thanks for that Richard. I do not know whether I am on PAYE, what is it? My income is a bit over 120K and I was taxed at source (automatic monthly reductions).
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Thanks for that Richard. I do not know whether I am on PAYE, what is it? My income is a bit over 120K and I was taxed at source (automatic monthly reductions).
PAYE = Pay As You Earn, (British terminology?) i.e. employer deducts tax.

Residents submit the 2008 tax return in 2009 February/March. Those leaving the country can file prematurely when departing.

Do you have unusual income or tax-deductible expenses? If not, it might not be worthwhile paying an accountant to help you file.
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