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What are the coronavirus-extended tax deadlines in each Swiss canton?

With deadlines extended across Switzerland due to the coronavirus, here is the date in your canton - and what to do if you’re lodging late.

What are the coronavirus-extended tax deadlines in each Swiss canton?
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With tax due during the peak of the pandemic, lodgement deadlines were extended in cantons across Switzerland. 

Tax returns must usually be lodged on March 31st each year. However, as this was at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s lockdown, it was extended to a later date in each canton. 

In effect, this means that there are 26 different lodgement dates. Some were extended by two months and some by up to six, while a handful have not extended the date. 

What if I’ve missed my lodgement date?

The earliest extension date which applies is May 31st, in the cantons of Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Basel City, Geneva, Lucerne, Schwyz, St Gallen, Uri, Valais and Zurich. 

However, if you haven’t been able to lodge your return already, the government has announced it will waive interest on late payments of tax due anywhere from March until the end of December, 2020.

READ: Switzerland's strangest taxes – and what happens if you don't pay them 

As this is a federal rule, it will still apply even if the deadline has not been extended in your canton. 

Cantons have also indicated that taxpayers can apply for an extension in some circumstances. 

What is the lodgement date in my canton? 

The following cantons have not extended the lodging date for tax returns: Graübunden/Grisons, Neuchatel, Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Thurgau, Glarus and Obwalden. This means it nominally remains in place at the 31st of March, 2020. 

These cantons have extended the date to May 31st, 2020: Appenzell-Ausserrhoden, Basel City, Geneva, Lucerne, Schwyz, St Gallen, Uri, Valais and Zurich. 

In these cantons, you have until June 30th to submit your tax return: Aargau, Basel Country, Fribourg, Nidwalden, Schaffhausen, Ticino, Vaud and Zug. 

Swiss tax changes for 2020: What you need to know

The date in Jura and Solothurn is July 31st, while in Bern your returns must be submitted by September 15th. 

The cantons have also put in place a variety of different measures to soften the blow of the coronavirus. 

This article does not constitute financial advice. It operates as a guide. 

For further questions or to help prepare your tax return, please contact an accountant or tax advisor. 

 

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TAXES

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s tax deadline is just around the corner. Are Covid-related costs tax deductible?

Masks, tests and jabs: Can I deduct Covid-related costs from my taxes in Switzerland?

March 31st is the deadline for filing taxes in Switzerland relating to the 2021 financial year. 

Over the past two years, the Covid pandemic has seen a change in our spending habits. 

While we may have saved on restaurants and travel, we laid out considerable costs on a range of new expenses, including disinfectant, masks and Covid tests. 

As some of these costs are required by law, can they be deducted from your tax?

In some cases, expenses directly related to the Covid pandemic can be deducted. 

Masks, for instance, can be deducted as medical expenses in some cantons, Swiss tax specialist Markus Stoll told 20 Minutes

This depends on the specific framework for tax deductions related to medical expenses in that canton. 

EXPLAINED: What can I deduct from my tax bill in Switzerland?

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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