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Complicated Tax

Hi there,

I've been employed in Switzerland since January and have commuted there from another country (an EU country) on a 4 days per week basis - spending usually the 5th day (Fridays) and weekends in my home country.

I've been taxed at source with Swiss Withholding tax on 100% of my income.

I am terminating my employment at the start of December of November (e.g. been working here for 11.5 months).

I maintained a house and family in my home country all during the year

It looks like my home country wants to tax me on a pro ratia basis (e.g. tax me on the 20-30% of my income that I earned while I was located in my home country on Fridays).

Few questions:

A. I assume I can get a refund of the swiss taxes on the 20-30% of my time that I spend in my home country and that my home country wants to tax me on? (There is a tax agreement)

B. In actuality, I spent a number of days in some third countries (e.g. France, Germany, Italy). Could I also get a refund on Swiss Taxes for my time spent there?

C. There should be no issue taking my AHV contributions with me? I don't mind keeping them in a retirement account.

D. Any clever ideas on things I should do to minimize Swiss Taxes in the time I have remaining? (e.g. I've heard of an "ex-pat allowance")

FYI - I've read a bunch of useful threads already
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