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The trend: Many of Zurich's municipalities reduce taxes

In the fiscal years 2014 to 2018 was the direction clear: The municipal taxes have increased, rather than decreased. This year is different: the 39 municipaliti

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The trend: Many of Zurich's municipalities reduce taxes

In the fiscal years 2014 to 2018 was the direction clear: The municipal taxes have increased, rather than decreased. This year is different: the 39 municipalities lower their Tax base, only 14 to raise him. At best, it will still be 15 when Bubikon on 13. March goes in the second start, with the taxes going up, the municipal Assembly had rejected in December, a 5 percent increase, the new request of the municipal Council is not yet known. For most taxpayers, nothing will change, however, because 108 of the cities and municipalities remain stable, among others, Zurich, Winterthur and Uster.

it is Noteworthy that Dietikon lowers its taxes for the second Time in a row to 3 percent and Opfikon to the 5-percent reduction in the Top 30 of the Canton of shows.

Rising School costs and social costs

it is also striking that the taxes go up in Geroldswil for the second Time in a row, by 7 percent, what percent of the Club meant the farewell of the limmattal municipality from the Sub-100 -. The increases are primarily due to the School - and social costs, which "massively" increased, such as Alexandra Brandenberger, Deputy municipal clerk, says. In addition, should be compensated on the basis of the new municipal act, the bill in the medium term, which have ultimately led to the tax rate increase. Brandenberger now relies on a new Development with 27 community-owned apartments, whose rent will provide revenue starting in 2021 for relief.

The Situation Seuzachs has, in turn, calms down, after the municipality had increased from the bacon belt of Winterthur, the tax is twice as strong as any other Zurich municipal.

The Zurich-based tax haven continues to Kilchberg with 72 percent. Number 2, the neighbors are new: The Glencore-municipality of Rüschlikon lowered the taxes by a whopping 5 percent to 73 percent, but did not play on a record hunt. In the ranking of the lowest tax municipalities Neerach and angle with 76 percent of the country, before the gold coast communities. Miles has raised the taxes after a number of Roberto Martullo-Blocher foiled increase try, this time by 5 percent and thus from the exclusive-70s, the Club adopted.

The debt drops

"The tax returns are good, the expenditure is more stable," stated Heinz Montanari, head of Department municipal Finance in the Canton and the municipalities of a benevolent witness. "The municipal finances, it is basically good," he says, and adds: "Due to the new financial equalisation, there is no major financial obstacles in organizational changes." In other words: municipalities, who want to close together, need not expect major failures in the financial equalisation contributions.

Also in the case of long-term debt of the municipalities, it goes in the right direction. After the increase of the debt ratio as a result of the financial crisis of 4800 francs per inhabitant (2008) on 6400 Swiss francs (2014) reduced the Per capita debt of the municipalities until 2017 5900 francs. The Numbers for 2018 are not yet available. Montanari: "We are curious whether the debt is still declining."

A case plaguing small municipality

are wound With 130 percent of the highest taxes in the säuliamt municipality of Masch and in Adlikon. The wine country municipality has increased its Tax base can be a single reason to 7 percent. At this level, you may apply for money from the Nottopf of the Canton, called Isola. The background is a single special education case, the burden the community excessively, as municipal President, Peter Läderach (SVP) reports. Adlikon has applied for 320’000 Swiss francs and almost 260’000 Swiss francs, is awarded. Without the help of the Canton, the municipality would have to increase the Tax base because of this a If to 142 percent, Läderach, of all things. Adlikon would like to merge with five neighboring municipalities. The process is in progress. The merger could be completed until 2023, if the people agree to in the six villages by the end of 2020.

it looks Totally different in the case of Adlikons Northern neighbor: Ossingen has lowered the taxes for the third Time in a row heavily from the then-maximum tax walk a total of 25 percentage points to 104%. The municipality was entered into a high-risk bet: it provided infrastructure such as water lines and school houses, before the houses were built for the Newcomers. The land of culture initiative threatened to Ossingen to make a thick line through the bill. However, as a result of the mild implementation of the Initiative, the statement went on. The buildings were created, the number of inhabitants rose in brief from 1300 to 1700 – and the tax income. "It looks very good for us," says parish President Martin Günthardt (SVP) joyfully. The Tax rate could even fall further.

merger equal to the tax reduction

a few years Ago, the Canton with 10 expected Extra million for poor communities. About a dozen of pending claims. The money needed for these municipalities, but not always: For the year 2017 had been assured by the Canton of 4.5 million, due to the good economic and bubbling of taxes, but claimed only 1.1 million.

has requested That by 2019, only a municipality of Isola, is also due to the recent mergers. Thus, the structure of the weak municipalities were, for example, star mountain, Hofstetten, Hirzel or huts in the larger and stronger municipalities. For tax purposes, benefiting their residents. The Hirzler, which are now also Horgen, numbers 46 percentage points less taxes, the Hüttner as a Neo-Wädenswiler shell out 27 per cent less. The prisoners, however, were Stammheimern the beginning of the year with the top stammheimern and waltalin like to pay 6 percent more.

mergers are not tax drivers – because the Canton of conclusions supported with one-time contributions. In three of the five by 2018, larger municipalities, the taxes fell not: Illnau-Effretikon lowered two years after the incorporation Kyburgs the Tax rate to 2 per cent., Horgen to Welcome Hirzels to 3 percent, and Elgg, a year after the Acquisition Hofstettens by as much as 4 percent. Wiesendangen, in turn, the tax increased a year after the incorporation Bertschikons to 3 percent, Bauma went down with star mountain, initially 1 percent, and four years later, 4 percent up.

And the winner of this year's tax competition: Kilchberg on lake Zurich.

do you Have questions about your tax return? Tax experts will answer you on 26. February, and 19. March on tax phone of the "Tages-Anzeiger". The phone number and exact times to be announced.


Created: 24.01.2019, 21:00 clock

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