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Quellensteuer avoidable?

Hi,

After reading a fair bit on this forum, I understand that if one is a Swiss citizen or has C-permit, then one isn't subject to quellensteuer.

However, are there other circumstances under which you can avoid quellensteuer? For example, if you buy a house/property in CH, can you choose to opt out of paying quellensteuer? Is this across all cantons?

I remember reading on an old post that if you put some money as a security deposit with Zurich tax authorities, then you can opt out too (or something to that effect).

Apologies if this has already been answered before here and I haven't looked carefully; in which case, could you please point me in the right direction?

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Old 14.08.2010, 23:24
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Re: Quellensteuer avoidable?

You are not subject to Quellensteuer if you meet one of these conditions I know so far:

- C permit
- salary of 120'000 CHF and more
- owner of a property

I don't know about the deposit condition, you can ask your local tax department.
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Old 14.08.2010, 23:38
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- salary of 120'000 CHF and more
Wrong. You still pay it up front, but you make a tax declaration and can potentially get some back then.
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Old 14.08.2010, 23:50
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Wrong. You still pay it up front, but you make a tax declaration and can potentially get some back then.
yes you are right. Since you can request some back, I considered it as "avoidable".

In Geneva, if you are married to a C-permit holder or a swiss, you don't pay Quellensteuer. Maybe it's also applicable in other cantons.
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Old 14.08.2010, 23:53
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In Geneva, if you are married to a C-permit holder or a swiss, you don't pay Quellensteuer. Maybe it's also applicable in other cantons.
This is the same here, so probably true for all cantons.
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According to my tax adviser this isn't the case, at least here in Basel. It could be a Canton dependent thing?
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According to my tax adviser this isn't the case, at least here in Basel. It could be a Canton dependent thing?
Property must be in Switzerland. It worked for me in Bern, Fribourg and Geneva.
I would check with the Tax department of Basel...I have a tendency not to believe all tax advisor due to previous experiences.


I found a link (in french) and also in German from the federal government explaining the "Quellensteuer" and the exception rules. Apparently you can avoid it in BS if you own a property (Section 163.32)-

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This is the same here, so probably true for all cantons.
True also in Vaud.
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Re: Quellensteuer avoidable?

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You are not subject to Quellensteuer if you meet one of these conditions I know so far:

- C permit
- salary of 120'000 CHF and more
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Wrong. You still pay it up front, but you make a tax declaration and can potentially get some back then.
My husband and I (both Americans with B permits at the time) are the only exception that I know of. Upon the request of our town, we stopped paying Quellensteuer after the first 3 months.

Our company's HR didn't understand it either.
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Old 15.08.2010, 08:39
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Wrong. You still pay it up front, but you make a tax declaration and can potentially get some back then.
Also not quite right. With a salary of 120K + You can ask your local tax office to come off QST and it is up to them.

I did just that in 2004 with B permit at the time. I have never paid QST.
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