Generally speaking, any medical costs paid out of pocket can be deducted. However, most cantons impose a minimum percentage limit from which these costs can be deducted.
In many cantons, this will start at five percent of your yearly income in total (i.e. including other out-of-pocket costs like dental or specialist visits), meaning you would need to purchase a significant amount of masks to beat the threshold.
What about testing and vaccination?
Testing and vaccinations however were largely free as their costs were covered by the Swiss government, which means associated expenses cannot be deducted.
Those tests which were not covered by the government – for instance for travel abroad or for visiting clubs – cannot be deducted, Stoll says.
“Tests for travel abroad or to visit clubs are not deductible” Stoll said.
For a complete overview of taxation in Switzerland, including several specific guides, please check out our tax-specific page here.
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