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Naturalization and the army tax (Wehrpflichtersatz)

I read that if I get naturalized before my 37th birthday, I have to pay 3% of my earnings for all the years since I arrived to Switzerland because of the Wehrpflichtersatz, which is as far as I understand a kind of an army tax.

Did someone have experience with that? Right now I am 33 and I applied for naturalization, and I would obiously prefer to avoid paying this tax.

Should I somehow try to stall my naturalization for a few years before I turn 37? Does this tax apply to me, if I entered Switzerland in 2010 as a student? I was not born here.
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I read that if I get naturalized before my 37th birthday, I have to pay 3% of my earnings for all the years since I arrived to Switzerland because of the Wehrpflichtersatz, which is as far as I understand a kind of an army tax.

Did someone have experience with that? Right now I am 33 and I applied for naturalization, and I would obiously prefer to avoid paying this tax.

Should I somehow try to stall my naturalization for a few years before I turn 37? Does this tax apply to me, if I entered Switzerland in 2010 as a student? I was not born here.

Unless your current citizenship causes you serious problems with travel I would advise to wait. Why subject yourself to the stupid burden such as Military (or Church) taxes when you can avoid them in really "easy peasy" way.
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I read that if I get naturalized before my 37th birthday, I have to pay 3% of my earnings for all the years since I arrived to Switzerland because of the Wehrpflichtersatz, which is as far as I understand a kind of an army tax.
That is not correct. You have to pay from the year after your naturalization (the first year is free) up and until the year you become 37 years old (but not more than 11 years in total).

https://www.baselland.ch/politik-und...lte-fragen-faq

In your case you would have to pay for 3 - 4 years.

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Unless your current citizenship causes you serious problems with travel I would advise to wait. Why subject yourself to the stupid burden such as Military (or Church) taxes when you can avoid them in really "easy peasy" way.
Unlikely the church which is a voluntarily personal thing (with some exceptions), the military and conscription is part of this nation he want to become a citizen of. As you might now the it only has been recently extended to 37. Exactly because many waited for naturalization until they no longer had to pay.
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Re: Naturalization and the army tax (Wehrpflichtersatz)

awesome, thanks a lot for the reply. 3-4 years (i believe even less in my case is totally bearable)
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As you might now the it only has been recently extended to 37. Exactly because many waited for naturalization until they no longer had to pay.
It used to be 60, then 43 (when I did it). It also was 2%.


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It used to be 60, then 43 (when I did it). It also was 2%.


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it used to be 30 until recently, but got raised to 37 as far as I heard.
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it used to be 30 until recently, but got raised to 37 as far as I heard.
That's a fact. You need to wait another a couple of years if you don't want to pay the tax. Probably you cannot stall, but you can cancel your application and reapply in 2-3 years.
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That's a fact. You need to wait another a couple of years if you don't want to pay the tax. Probably you cannot stall, but you can cancel your application and reapply in 2-3 years.
my application is on hold anyway because I applied with 2 years of L permit, and there is currently an initiative that these years of L are accepted as B if all the conditions for B permit were met at the time.

so they told me my application is suspended until further notice. If its suspended for a while, I might as well avoid the Wehrpflichtersatz.
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