Trying Taxes

Ah the Swiss and their love for paper documents and form filling…

Last week, I received the annual tax form, I mean BOOK!  It is pages and pages of forms to fill out.  I had a headache earlier on in 2008 just filling out one page for provisional tax (which, by the way, I had to fill out again after we moved to Aarau – why they couldn’t just transfer our tax details from one town to another puzzles me!).  Along with this booklet of forms comes an ‘easy tax’ CD – which is a wee bit helpful but really just adds so much more information than I can handle and all in proper high freakin’ formal German.

Anyway, I have spent the last 4 hours doing lots of searching in the German / English Dictionary and think I am on my way to having it all sorted! I have definitely increased my knowledge of the German language with wonderful words like:

Wertschriftenverzeichnis, Liegenschaftsverzeichnis, Steuererklärungsformular, Erwerbsausfallentschadigungen, Steuerveranlagungsverfahren, Vermögensbestandteile, Gehaltsnebenleistungen, Quellensteuerverfahren, Kontokorrentabrechnungen, selbstsständiger Nebenerwerbstätigkeit, Ergänzungsleistungen

Gotta love the Germans and their compound words!

Anyway, came across this article today from 2006… So it seems that some Swiss are looking for a way to reduce the stress and paperwork involved in tax forms.  And the saving on administration costs would come as a tax benefit to citizens!  How cool!  I wonder if it ever came into action – doesn’t seem that way in Aargau!

Ok, really tired and have a sore head and eyes so am off to bed now.

3 Responses to “Trying Taxes”

  1. 1 Dad

    Poor Michelle, all this Papierkrieg and big German words…
    Ask Grossmueti, she’ll help you. I think she’s always filled in their own tax forms. Otherwise a lawyer will do it for you – at a cost!
    But it sounds like you’re doing extremely well, anyway.
    Be strong and courageous!!
    Love you all.

  2. 2 Miriam

    oh man, sounds like reading tax forms in German is about as complicated (if not more so) than reading theology! What gets me is all those big long sentences that go for half a page with the verb right at the end . . .

  3. 3 Arnulfo & Charlotte

    Filling your taxes using the software helps. It allows you to understand what you are doing (to a certain degree) and next year, you just can “load” the data of 2008 and tarraaa you are done with it quite fast. Yes, compound words in german are a science for itself….

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