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Geneva nightclubs to remain closed until mid-November

Discos, nightclubs, cabarets and other dancing venues will be closed in Geneva until mid-November, authorities decided on Wednesday.

Geneva nightclubs to remain closed until mid-November
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The ban was extended until November 16th, reported Keystone-SDA on Wednesday

Geneva is currently the heaviest hit canton in Switzerland, with 96 new infections per 100,000 over the two weeks to September 1st. 

Swiss authorities: 'We opened bars and nightclubs too early' 

While cantonal authorities said the situation in the canton appeared to be stabilising, infection rates were still high. 

As a result, reopening dance halls and nightclubs in the coming weeks would be “unthinkable”. 

Although the decision is set to hurt the already struggling nightlife industry in the canton, Geneva said it would allow operators to rent out their venues for private parties such as weddings and birthdays. 

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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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