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Old 12.04.2010, 13:55
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einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

I don't know if this is the right place to post.
I've received this morning a bulletin from the Gemeinde, where they say I should pay 1600 CHF. It looks like I didn't pay something in the past. But I can't understand what is it.
The "title" of the letter is 1. Mahnung.
In the "Bezeichnung" field there is:
Rechnung Einmalrechnungen: 1600.00
Mahnspesen (2. Mahnung): 0.00

In the orange bulletin there is written:

Einwohnergemeinde Riehen

Strange, it is addressed personally to me, not to my husband or to our family. (I took a German class by the Gemeinde, could be related to that, but I'm sure I paid for it, and it wasn't so expensive).
Can anybody help me understand what is it?
Thank you in advance
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Old 12.04.2010, 13:57
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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

i got something similar. i guessed it was some kind of poll tax. but mine was only 40chf so i just paid it. i got the 2nd one a months ago a year after the first.
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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

The 'einwohnergemeinde' is the community of residence; that is something different from the 'burgergemeinde', which is your community of citizenship. Some Swiss cantons still have this system, which differentiates between where your family originally came from (your 'community of citizenship') and where you now live (your 'community of residence') - one part of which is that if you become old and infirm, your 'community of citizenship' must take you in and take care of you. It's a form of social security, in other words, for a time when there was no national social security system.

Not much help for your problem, though: what *else* does the letter say?
You are being taxed/dunned for something, after all!

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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

Try speaking to a tax person about it.

Saxer Treuhand is not far from Reihen (offices just opposite Manor in KB). The owner (Hans-Jorg Saxer) speaks good enough English to provide you the information that would help and will not cost much - certainly less than the 1600 CHF you are being charged.

Saxer Treuhand AG
www.saxer-treuhand.ch
Greifengasse 21
4058 Basel, Switzerland
061 262 04 04

HTH
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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

Sent you a PM with the telephone number of a lady at Riehen Gemeinde who you can call. She speaks English and was really helpful when I needed help recently.
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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

Yes, difficult to say what it is for without knowing more of what is written.
1. Mahnung means: 1st warning- This means they already sent you the bill, but you didnt pay yet.
The next time you dont pay and they send you a warning there will be additional charges (2. Mahnung)

Could be a bill for anything really, maybe you can call them up and they'll clear it up for you?

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In the "Bezeichnung" field there is:
Rechnung Einmalrechnungen: 1600.00
Mahnspesen (2. Mahnung): 0.00
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Re: einwohnergemeinde: what is that?

Thank you all. I'll call somebody and try to understand what happened.
In the letter there's written only what I've written here, and five lines in German, which I translated and say only that they found out that I have to pay this tax.
I took a German class, and my husband's firm should have paid for it. Maybe they didn't recognize the payment as mine...
I'll figure it out, thank you again!
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