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Tax return for Switzerland

How does it work?

Before you will start applying for filing a tax return, keep in mind that you have to live in Switzerland and have a current address there because you will receive some documents from the tax office to this address.

  • Consultation
    Consultation
    The first step in the whole process is consultation. It is necessary because tax return in Switzerland is a complex process. For the consultation you will pay 99 EUR in advance.
  • Verification of your case with the tax office
    Verification of your case with the tax office
    After consultation with you, we will consult your case with the tax office in Switzerland. Unfortunately, not everyone is entitled to file a tax return, so we will discuss all your options.
  • Filing a tax return
    Filing a tax return
    If the tax office informs us that you are entitled to file a tax return, you can choose one of our two packages - you can pay 90 EUR upfront or pay 20 % from your refund.

Price list

  • Consultation
    99EUR

    • Advance payment
    • Our tax specialist will consult your case with you
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  • Filing a tax return
    90EUR

    • Advance payment
    • We prepare your tax return and file to the tax office
  • Filing a tax return
    20 %from refund
    VAT included
    • We will charge your refund fee
    • We prepare your tax return and file to the tax office

FAQ

Have you worked in Switzerland and want to know if you have a tax refund? Select the Consultation package first. We will find out if you should file a tax return and what is your tax obligation there.

Please note that there are 26 different cantons in Switzerland and therefore there are 26 different tax laws in each canton. We support all of these cantons.

  • 1. I worked in Switzerland and paid taxes. Do I file a tax return?
    • Everybody who works abroad and pays income tax should file a tax return. Under certain conditions, you can receive a refund from some of the taxes you (your employer) paid. We forward the cases for canton Zurich to our tax advisor partner in Switzerland.
  • 2. What taxes are paid in Switzerland?
      • Federal tax: personal income tax rates are progressive and the maximum income tax rate is 11.5%
      • Cantonal tax: this tax differs between cantons and applies to income and wealth.
      • Communal tax: this tax is different depending on which community you live in. It’s applied to income and wealth.
      • Church tax: this tax differs between cantons and applies to income and wealth
  • 3. What does a “tax refund” mean?
    • A refund means that your employer paid on your behalf more taxes than was necessary, and you can claim the excess money back. By filing a tax return, you are actually reporting to the Tax Office how much you earned as gross income and how much you paid in taxes while you stayed in the Switzerland.
  • 4. What documents do you need for your tax refund?
    • In order to get your income tax refund as quickly as possible and to apply for the highest amount, you need to have:
      • Lohnausweis
      • Rental agreement
      • Employment contract
      • Travel expenses
      • Relocation fees
  • 5. What is a Lohnausweis?
    • Every employer is obliged to issue a copy of a so-called Lohnausweis to the employees at the beginning of the year. This document is a summary of earnings and deducted taxes by the employer during the tax year. The employers must send the wage statement directly to the cantonal tax administration and the taxpayers only have to enclose their wage statements to the tax return if their employer is outside the canton.
  • 6. What if you do not have all the necessary documents?
    • Even if you do not have all the documents mentioned above, you can still apply for your tax refund. We offer a “replacement” service - we will contact your former employer/s and will request copies of your earning documents (wage slip) as your agent.
  • 7. How many years back can I file my tax refund?
    • You can only apply for 1 year back.
  • 8. How long does it take to receive my tax refund?
    • On average, a tax return takes approximately 18-24 months to be processed by the tax offices. This is counted from the time your documents are received by the tax authorities. The actual time may vary on a case by case basis.
  • 9. When is the deadline for filing the tax return?
    • In most cantons, a tax return has to be filed on 31th March, which is three months after the end of the tax period. The majority of cantons allow one deadline extension free of charge. Filing extensions are usually granted until September/November upon request. Married couples mandatorily file a joint Swiss tax return and are assessed together.
  • 10. What are the penalties for late tax return filing/tax paying?
    • The tax authorities charge the taxpayer CHF 40.- for each reminder after the deadline and charge a late payment interest of 0.5% per year from the period 01.10. of the respective tax year until the date the final tax bill was prepared by the tax authorities. On late final tax payments, the tax authorities charge a late payment interest of 5% per year.
  • 11. Why is your tax calculation different from the actual Tax Office calculation?
    • In some cases, tax officials calculate the tax on your Tax Return higher or lower than the Tax Office shows in the final calculation. What are the most frequent causes?
      • The Tax Office had different data on your record (your employer reported different data than you have on your Lohnausweis)
      • Your employer wrongly more/less than was necessary
      • You may have some debt/overpayment from previous years

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