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Old 18.04.2011, 09:10
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Re: Permits & religion

For a definitive answer, you'll have to talk to the tax authorities - or have an accountant do it for you. However, as I understand it, you need a letter from some recognised protestant church leader (from the state church or some others), confirming that you're not part of his/her church group.

I am a Christian and don't pay church tax because I'm not part of any state church. It seems ironic that many who wouldn't call themselves Christians do pay church tax. There are also state churches which attract people from outside their community. But those folk's church tax goes to their local church - not the one they attend.

As a disestablishmentarianist, I think the sooner church tax becomes entirely voluntary (or is abolished), the better.
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Old 18.04.2011, 09:15
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Re: Permits & religion

You have to step out from church. It requires a formal document from the local church organization. My swiss friends are always tempted to do it before they are told that the won't be able to marry in church or get their kids baptized or confirmed.
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Is there any way to 'change' your religion for tax purposes? Does this 'religious tax' automatically come out of you salary?

I've just registered in Basel and i stupidly thought i was making things easier by declaring myself as protestant, but then playing around on the comparis.ch tax calculator the difference in tax between being a 'non' religious denomination and a protestant in +2000 chf. I'm in no way able to afford that extra tax, especially as I'm not a practicing protestant by any means.
If you are earning enough to have to pay CHF 2000 in church tax, you CAN afford it.

Normally it's around CHF 200.

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Is there any way to 'change' your religion for tax purposes? Does this 'religious tax' automatically come out of you salary?

I've just registered in Basel and i stupidly thought i was making things easier by declaring myself as protestant, but then playing around on the comparis.ch tax calculator the difference in tax between being a 'non' religious denomination and a protestant in +2000 chf. I'm in no way able to afford that extra tax, especially as I'm not a practicing protestant by any means.
When I first started work in Switzerland the dizzy bird in HR put me down as "reformiert" when I was umming and ahhring about which church I was. I was christened in an Anglican church and she translated that as "Reformiert" . Consequently I was paying into the "Reformiert" coffers for about 5 years.

I managed to change it by getting a letter from the local "reformiert" church saying I had left the church (that I hadn't actually been a member of) and the tax stopped being deducted. I then declared myself "Anglican" which slots nicely into the tax-free "Other" category.
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The funny thing is that also companies when paying taxes have a church tax!
I wonder how they select the religion of a company
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The funny thing is that also companies when paying taxes have a church tax!
I wonder how they select the religion of a company
Well, I guess you wouldn't find a Catholic condom factory...
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If you are earning enough to have to pay CHF 2000 in church tax, you CAN afford it.

Normally it's around CHF 200.

Tom

Thanks for your interest in my finances. I'm glad you took the time out of your day to post that.

To everyone else - thanks for advice and comments

p.d. the figure i quoted was per year
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Thanks for your interest in my finances. I'm glad you took the time out of your day to post that.

To everyone else - thanks for advice and comments

p.d. the figure i quoted was per year
As was my figure of CHF 200/ year.

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p.d. the figure i quoted was per year
OK. My church tax when I lived in Zurich was CHF100/year. You must be either on a very nice salary or living somewhere very out of the ordinary. Either way, congratulations!

Anyway, whether you can afford this tax or not isn't (shouldn't be) the issue really. You're not a member of the church in question, you shouldn't owe it. So talk to your Gemeinde/Kreisbuero and find out what documentation you need to change your recorded affiliation. Some of them will just take your word for it, some want a letter from the local church.
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You have to step out from church. It requires a formal document from the local church organization. My swiss friends are always tempted to do it before they are told that the won't be able to marry in church or get their kids baptized or confirmed.
Which of course is not entirely accurate. As they can get hatched, matched or dispatched in a non-state church.
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