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comparing tax in switzerland with germany

SwitzerlandGermanyDifference in Germany
Gross Income 38,138.04 CHF / 30,000.00 GBP 33,972.96 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP - 0.00 GBP
Tax Due 5,445.23 CHF / 4,283.31 GBP 9,711.77 EUR / 8,576.03 GBP + 4,292.72 GBP
Net Income 32,692.81 CHF / 25,716.69 GBP 24,261.19 EUR / 21,423.97 GBP - 4,292.72 GBP
Overall Tax Rate 14.3 % 28.6 % + 14.30 %.

Figures based upon 1 CHF = 0.7866162 GBP.

Figures based upon 1 EUR = 0.88305523 GBP.

In Switzerland, an income of 38,138.04 CHF / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 33,400.00 CHF / 26,272.98 GBP and less than the country's average income of 96,000.00 CHF / 75,515.16 GBP.

In Germany, an income of 33,972.96 EUR / 30,000.00 GBP is more than the lowest average advertised salary of 18,900.00 EUR / 16,689.74 GBP and less than the country's average income of 43,000.00 EUR / 37,971.37 GBP.

Here are how much some common purchases cost in Switzerland vs Germany:

SwitzerlandGermanyDifference in Germany
Water Bottle (1.5L) 1.23 CHF / 0.97 GBP 0.34 EUR / 0.30 GBP - 0.67 GBP
Milk Bottle (1L) 1.59 CHF / 1.25 GBP 0.70 EUR / 0.62 GBP - 0.63 GBP
Pint of Beer 7.00 CHF / 5.51 GBP 3.50 EUR / 3.09 GBP - 2.42 GBP
Bread (500g) 2.63 CHF / 2.07 GBP 1.30 EUR / 1.15 GBP - 0.92 GBP
Chicken Breasts (1kg) 25.22 CHF / 19.84 GBP 7.34 EUR / 6.48 GBP - 13.36 GBP
Petrol UK Gallon 7.36 CHF / 5.79 GBP 6.36 EUR / 5.62 GBP - 0.17 GBP
Volkswagen Golf or Equivalent 24,000.00 CHF / 18,878.79 GBP 20,000.00 EUR / 17,661.10 GBP - 1,217.69 GBP
Broadband Internet Monthly 59.83 CHF / 47.06 GBP 30.14 EUR / 26.62 GBP - 20.44 GBP
Rent One Bedroom Apt. In City (Monthly) 1,398.76 CHF / 1,100.29 GBP 702.47 EUR / 620.32 GBP - 479.97 GBP
Purchase One Bedroom Apt. In City 386,872.15 CHF / 304,319.90 GBP 167,807.15 EUR / 148,182.98 GBP - 156,136.92 GBP

Part of Europe, Switzerland covers an area of 39,524 square kilometers.

Switzerland has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 494.30 ($ Billion) from a population of 8,454,083.

Three types of taxes are levied - Federal, Cantonal and Municipal with a progressive tax system aside from a few cantons.

Tax bands are as follow:

Below 14500 CHF - 0%

Between 14500 CHF and 31600 CHF - 0.77%.

Between 31600 CHF and 41400 CHF - 0.88%.

Between 41400 CHF and 55200 CHF - 2.64%.

Between 55200 CHF and 72500 CHF - 2.97%.

Between 72500 CHF and 78100 CHF - 5.94%.

Between 78100 CHF and 103600 CHF - 6.6%.

Between 103600 CHF and 134600 CHF - 8.8%.

Between 134600 CHF and 176000 CHF - 11%.

Between 176000 CHF and 755200 CHF - 13.2%.

Above 755200 CHF - 11.5%.

Here we use Zurich at Canton and Municipal level for comparative purposes (City of Zurich with a 1.17% municipal tax factor).

Below 6700 CHF - 0%

Between 6700 CHF and 11400 CHF - 2.38%.

Between 11400 CHF and 16100 CHF - 3.57%.

Between 16100 CHF and 23700 CHF - 4.76%.

Between 23700 CHF and 33000 CHF - 5.95%.

Between 33000 CHF and 43700 CHF - 7.14%.

Between 43700 CHF and 56100 CHF - 8.33%.

Between 56100 CHF and 73000 CHF - 9.52%.

Between 73000 CHF and 105500 CHF - 10.71%.

Between 105500 CHF and 137700 CHF - 11.9%.

Between 137700 CHF and 188700 CHF - 13.09%.

Between 188700 CHF and 254900 CHF - 14.28%.

Above 254900 CHF - 15.47%.

Social security contributions (7%) are deductible from gross income for tax purposes.

Mandatory health insurance deduction of 1,700 CHF applied and added as a Social contribution in lieu of health contribution.

Commuting costs and work meal costs are deductible. We will use a flat amount of 2,000 CHF.

Source: https://www.estv.admin.ch/estv/en/home.html.

Source: XE.com (Currency Conversion).

Source: SalaryExplorer.com (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: Numbeo.com (Cost of living).

Part of Europe, Germany covers an area of 348,621 square kilometers.

Germany has a Gross Domestic Product (PPP) of 3,979.08 ($ Billion) from a population of 80,636,124.

A progressive tax system spread over 5 bands ranging from 0% to 45%.

Tax bands are as follow:

Below 9000 EUR - 0%

Between 9000 EUR and 54950 EUR - 14%.

Between 54950 EUR and 260533 EUR - 42%.

Above 260533 EUR - 45%.

There is also a solidarity tax surcharge rate of 5.5%.

A default deduction is allowed of 1,000 EUR for work-related expenses.

A tax allowance of 1,000 EUR is applied for employees.

Up to 4,500 maximum is allowed as a deduction for travel expenses to and from work - here we use 2,500 EUR.

Social contributions made by the employee are : Pension 9.35%, Unemployment 1.5%, Health 7.9% and Nursing 1.4%.

These contributions are made as a percentage of the entire gross wage - limited to 52,200 EUR (Health and Nursing) and 76,200 (All Other - West Germany).

Source: http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Web/EN/Issues/Taxation/taxation.html.

Source: XE.com (Currency Conversion).

Source: SalaryExplorer.com (Averages from average salaries in major job categories).

Source: Numbeo.com (Cost of living).

Help

This calculator allows you to calculate income taxes and social contributions equivalent for Switzerland and Germany and allow comparison between both. You can choose the preferred currency for the input amounts and displayed calculation. For example: If you choose GBP as your preferred currency, then the income entered will be converted to Switzerland's and Germany's native currencies for the calculation so that correct income equivalent is used. The results will then be shown in the native currencies and GBP.

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