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Old 14.08.2009, 19:22
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Permits & religion

I am in the process of filling out my registration form (anmeldeformular). It asks for my religion.

Is this information used for determining whether I will be charged church tax? Or do I need to register my religion with the tax authorities separately?
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Old 14.08.2009, 19:41
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Re: Permits & religion

I just put no religion. You pay a tax if you state a religion.

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Old 14.08.2009, 19:43
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Re: Permits & religion

Determines church tax. No separate reporting to tax office.
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Re: Permits & religion

Am tempted to declare myself as Klingon, but I'm not sure the canton would see the funny side of it...
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I am in the process of filling out my registration form (anmeldeformular). It asks for my religion.

Is this information used for determining whether I will be charged church tax? Or do I need to register my religion with the tax authorities separately?
In some cantons, you get to pay a church tax, in others not. You get religious information from your parish (catholic or protestant) though. If you don't want to receive anything, just state "none".
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Am tempted to declare myself as Klingon, but I'm not sure the canton would see the funny side of it...
It's an interesting religion, I'm sure somebody will have a laugh in the canton office.
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Old 17.08.2009, 11:06
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Re: Permits & religion

If you state 'Jedi', do you have to pay George Lucas?
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Re: Permits & religion

I put "Anglicanisch" (as that was what I was christened) but prior to that some dozy lady in the HR dept of the firm in which I used to work put me down as "Reformiert" because it helped tick her boxes more easily so I got hit for tax for 18 months until I realised.

Anglicanisch (Anglican) isn't liable for taxes.
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Re: Permits & religion

'Church of England' also incurs no additional fee.
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'Church of England' also incurs no additional fee.
Isn't that the same as Anglican? I just thought it was all the same team with the customary crusty old vicar at the front of the same old draughty old church every Sunday.
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Re: Permits & religion

When I registered, I told the guy Church of England and he ticked the box 'Other'
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Old 17.08.2009, 20:10
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Am tempted to declare myself as Klingon, but I'm not sure the canton would see the funny side of it...
With the usual logic, they would probably tax you for both the catholic and protestant churches
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Old 17.08.2009, 22:13
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'Church of England' also incurs no additional fee.
Depends where you live. Some cantons will collect via the tax system, then you declare seperately and the local CofE get the dosh.
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Old 18.08.2009, 15:45
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Re: Permits & religion

As a follow-up, my wife (who was baptised Catholic but has never been practicing) blindly filled in the form with 'Catholic' before submitting it.

How does she go about reversing that?
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Old 18.08.2009, 15:48
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Re: Permits & religion

Just send a letter (Einschreiben) to your local church that you want to quit, get a confirmation and give it you the authorities, like that you won't get taxed.
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Old 18.08.2009, 15:54
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As a follow-up, my wife (who was baptised Catholic but has never been practicing) blindly filled in the form with 'Catholic' before submitting it.
Are we married and I don't know it?
I filled my form that way and I haven't been to church in Switzerland at all.
And I kind of knew that they asked only to deduct money .... but still couldn't quite bring myself to deny my Catholic upbringing (kind of felt like St. Peter denying Jesus).
EVEN THOUGH I don't go to church.

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Old 18.08.2009, 15:58
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Are we married and I don't know it?
That depends. Is your husband tall, dark, and handsome; romantic, sexy and funny all at the same time?

If so, then it's definitely not me.
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Old 18.08.2009, 16:23
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That depends. Is your husband tall, dark, and handsome; romantic, sexy and funny all at the same time?

If so, then it's definitely not me.
Who says you are not funny? It is definitely a British sense of humor though!
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Old 18.08.2009, 16:37
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Re: Permits & religion

Just by looking at your thread title, I can say there are lots of things which "Religion" doesn't "Permit"!
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Re: Permits & religion

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.
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