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Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

Hi All,

I've managed to get a short-term work contract through an agency and they are asking for some information which I assume will be for tax purposes. Can you help me decipher what exactly they are asking me?

"Thank you for the signed assignment contract.

Could you please give me as well the following information:

- Confession (What does this mean- if I belong to the church?)

- Do you live in concubinage? (This sounds kinky but I'm sure itís not if its tax related)"


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Old 23.09.2015, 13:25
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Old 23.09.2015, 13:25
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Could you please give me as well the following information:

- Confession (What does this mean- if I belong to the church?)
What religion do you belong to. Answer anything other than none and you'll pay church tax.

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- Do you live in concubinage? (This sounds kinky but I'm sure itís not if its tax related)"
Common-law wife is sometimes used in the UK for the same thing, i.e. living together effectively as man and wife but not actually being legally married.
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Old 23.09.2015, 13:26
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Re: Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

Religion - say none, or you have to pay church tax.

Concubine is if you are living together with boyfriend/girlfriend.
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Re: Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

Could you please give me as well the following information:

- Confession (What does this mean- if I belong to the church?) Yes. It is for purposes of a church tax (Kirchensteuer). There are three churches that the tax system supports. It's ok to respond that you don't belong to a church.

- Do you live in concubinage? (This sounds kinky but I'm sure itís not if its tax related)" Concubinage (Konkubinat) is co-habitation (living together, not legally married).

This explains "concubinage":
https://www.ch.ch/en/cohabiting/
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Re: Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

Maybe they wondering whether they need to supply a shag too !
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Old 23.09.2015, 13:30
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Sounds like your future HR person has in fact used Google -- Google Translate.

Confession -- you need to state your religious affiliation because certain religions attract church tax. If you don't want to pay any church tax, state "none".

Concubinage -- ... lol, cute translation. Either the HR person wants to know if you're single and up for a date, or (for tax reasons) wants to know whether you live with a partner (unmarried). You could then submit a joint tax return (probably not to your advantage, by the way, depending on the income and work status of your partner).
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What religion do you belong to. Answer anything other than none and you'll pay church tax.
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Religion - say none, or you have to pay church tax.
Actually no, that's not quite true.


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There are three churches that the tax system supports.
That's correct.


Go on, say you're Zoroastrian, just for laughs... you won't have to pay church tax.
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Re: Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

but then don't ask one of the 3 Churches if you can get married there and by their Priest/Vicar
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Urban myth. Possibly a rural myth, too. It's certainly possible to get married in a Catholic or Protestant church, by the priest/vicar of the parish, even if you haven't been paying church tax.

The more important issue is, why would you want to get married in the first place?!
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The more important issue is, why would you want to get married in the first place?!
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Urban myth. Possibly a rural myth, too. It's certainly possible to get married in a Catholic or Protestant church, by the priest/vicar of the parish, even if you haven't been paying church tax.
A Spanish couple, friends of mine, who are living here in Luzern got married this year. Wedding was in Spain, Spanish priest wanted to have assurance from the local priest that they are not married etc. As they didn't pay church taxes here, Luzerner catholic parish didn't want to help them. They had to asked for forgiveness in written. After one month taken for consideration they get their approval. Of course they also have to start paying church taxes.
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Re: Do you live in concubinage? - The tax man wants to know!

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Go on, say you're Zoroastrian, just for laughs... you won't have to pay church tax.
The extensive Zoroastrian priesthood in Switzerland is probably a bit upset about this.
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Old 23.09.2015, 15:53
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The extensive Zoroastrian priesthood in Switzerland is probably a bit upset about this.
Not really. They get their cash from the collection plate - just like other non-state religions.
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Old 23.09.2015, 16:07
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Not really. They get their cash from the collection plate - just like other non-state religions.
This did make me wonder - do the tax-supported churches still pass round the offering plate in services as well?
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