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Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Dear Beat,

I and my spouse are moving to Switzerland (Geneva area) from the U.S., because of work. We have a house in California that we plan to sell (we have owned it for several years). If we don't sell until after relocating, is there a risk that we will be taxed in Switzerland (federal or local) on the capital gains from selling? U.S. tax rules are such that we are exempt from taxes up to $500,000 in gains.

Regards,

Jerry

by Jerry Swensen on 03 May 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Dear Beat,

I would like to have your advice about the following.

I moved 2 years ago from Italy to Switzerland (SG - March 2016).

I have Quellesteuerung, so for 2016 I didn’t have to present any documentation, but for 2017 since my income is higher than 120kCHF I have to present the taxes documentation even though I still have Quellesteuerung.

My questions:
- I co-own (with other Italian resident persons) 2 flats in Italy, do I have to declare them? Will they increase my taxes? One flat is rented all year round and 1 just some weeks in the summer, how do I have to declare this income since I share it with the other owners?

- I have a monthly payback for a loan I had in Italy (also here it is shared with my boyfriend who is resident in Italy), can I add it at my documentation as a cost I have?

- What kind of personal expenses can I deduct in order to lower the tax amount?

Looking forward to hearing from you, I thank you very much in advance.

Best regards.

by GB on 25 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Dear Beat,
My husband and I live in France, he works in Switzerland (Geneva) and I am self-employed as a consultant in France (I don't have any employees). We don't have children. I will have to pay approximately 25% of my salary to income tax and 25% for social security in the French system. Therefore I am barely getting any money after all of my work!
I am trying to figure out if I should move to Switzerland so I can be self-employed from there. We are EU citizens.

Do you know what % of my salary I would have to pay in taxes as a self-employed person in Switzerland? We would probably live in Vaud canton.

I think I have to pay AVS/AI/APG which will be 5 to 10% of my income. Then income tax, is there anything else?

Regards,
Laura

by Laura on 24 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

My wife and I have dual USA-Swiss citizenship, and we own a vacation home in Ticino. We usually visit there for about 90 days in the Summer. We have been paying a small amount of Federal, Canton and Comune taxes each year, but I wonder if we really need to pay, or if we are paying enough. We have just been sending in the Swiss forms with a copy of our US tax and California State tax forms and the tax authorities bill us accordingly. I am curious if all of this is correct? Thank you for your answer.

by Mel on 22 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Hello,

I know that in Switzerland The property’s imputed rental value is added to my taxable income.

I would like to ask whether this happens the moment I buy the house or after I have repaid the loan?

Could you please if my example below is correct?
So as an example if I have 10k Fr as a monthly salary and I buy a house which has a rental value of 2k that means that every month I will be taxed like I have a 12k Monthly salary?

If I buy the house together with my partner but not married we will get taxed for an extra 1k Fr each?

Thank you very much in advance for your feedback

Best Regards

Georgios Panagiotidis

by Georgios Panagiotidis on 18 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Hello, thank you for the information you share, it is truly helpful. Would you please give me advice on the following: My husband works in the Schaffhausen Canton and I live and work in the UK, I visit him every 7 weeks for a period of 6 days normally. Recently he was told over the phone by a tax officer that he had to pay more tax because I am a working spouse and the overall tax is calculated as a family income. He argued that I already pay taxes in the UK so there seems no reason for him to be taxed on my earnings. He was also requested proof that we are still married. Surely this cannot be correct as I am financially independent, we have no shared accounts and I pay all the relevant taxes where I live and work, which is in the UK. I also question the fact that he has to write a letter confirming we are married. As you can see, this situation seems rather unusual, I would appreciate your comments on this matter.

Regards.

by Elizabeth on 08 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Hello,

As an EU citizen with an L permit, how can I check that my employer is actually paying my taxes at source?

Thank you,
Paula

by Paula on 07 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Dear Beat, I am employed 40% at a Swiss University and carried out a 20-day independent consultancy over the last few months for a Canadian private consulting firm (I am Canadian but have a B Resident Permit in Switzerland). Do I have to declare the consultancy fees and expenses on my next Swiss tax return? How do I declare it?

by Rina Alluri on 05 Apr 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Hello
I am a divorced Swiss lady of 58 years of age who recently lost her job. I own property in Vaud, but would like to rent my property and move to France to live off the rental income. I have no other income at this time.
Should I keep my primary residence in CH and pay taxes in Switzerland and not have to declare in France, or should I make Switzerland my secondary residence and declare the rental income in France?
Thank you.

by Caroline on 20 Mar 2018 Read Answer
Beat Meyer
Beat Meyer

Hi Beat,

Me and my fiancee are moving to Zurich in June. She got a job offer with an income of 87000 CHF per annum. I am currently on a job hunt and will probably look for jobs when I get there. However, if we would live in the city of Zurich with 87000 CHF, how are we calculating our tax?

Best regards,
Christopher

by Christopher on 14 Mar 2018 Read Answer

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