Welcome to the land of hiking and skiing, you are coming to the right place
3rd pillar: check out your tax situation regarding if 3rd pillar contributions make sense and keep in mind that you have to invest the money in 2023
Housing costs will be your biggest expense, try to optimize by finding a good deal. (The good deal might not be found on the big websites neither what your collegues recommend but involving a collegue was what got me my good deal)
Taxes on salary vary by the community in which you are living at the end of the year. Might be worth to check it in Zürich.
Taxes on fortune also vary but are generally not very high, several promille (not percent), so not worth too much consideration in most cases
Tax deductions are generally quite straightforward. Note that you will not be able to deduct relocation costs in most cases.
You might have to (check Zürich rules) or want to do a tax declaration for 2023, if so, check out if your investments provide a statement of the balance at the end of the year which you’ll need to provide.
Health insurance: use the official comparison site priminfo, read a bit up on it to choose the options. Don’t overstress about it, they are quite similar and you can choose again each year.
Check out insurances you’re currently having and ones you will need here, but no urgency
not for 2023 but you need to exchange your driving license within a year.
It might be interesting to know where you’re coming from for more specific advice.
Any other specific questions?
Generally arriving in CH is quite easy.
One thing you didn’t mention:
Be sure to signal your arrival to the community ASAP! It will help you out. Check if you need to / can book in advance.
Advice to “just ignore and be done with it” is not very balanced (but in my experience it will be what everyone will tell you being taxed at source).
You might HAVE to do a tax declaration so cannot “just be done with it” (check cantonal law for reasons to be obliged).
Paying taxes at source and not correcting in a year where you will work only two months in Switzerland may be throwing away a lot of money for all we know. @PI Please correct me if you know how this works without knowing the situation. I tried to figure it out in my double treaty program AND I filled out the tax form and still don’t know if I will pay 2k or get back 2k.
I remember that for the very first steps the confusing part is often the situation where:
you want to rent a home but you need a swiss bank account for that
you want a swiss bank account but you need a swiss residency for that…
It required some juggling with the employment contract, supportive letter from the company, draft home rental agreement and a personal visit to the Community office to get a kind of ‘Intentional residence letter’ and with that a bank account, and then everything went smoothly.
Because of this and the helpful community office - your first worry is to find a home.
This is anyway the bottleneck when you are targetting Zurich area.
For the rest: don’t talk to financial ‘advisors’, assess everything yourself first, there are many sources online (like here). Such advisors seem to have information about new arrivals sometimes and some say they prey on them.
Find a home
Talk to the Community office and tell them about your arrival (best in person)
For all insurances, you should avoid going to an advisor/broker even if they are recommended by your company or future colleagues.
You can find and compare offers on internet without bias.
E.g.: for liability or household insurance Smile.home.
For the 6 weeks deposit of your flat the cheapest option will be to open a saving deposit account at your bank. It will cost you a one off fee of 50.- rather than renting this deposit through a company affiliated to your future Regie for 5,6% 1st year then 3,6% each year(e.g. Smart caution)
Do not subscribe to the accident insurance for your Heath as it will be provided by your work.
Internet fiber subscription are usually for 2 years so check on other threads on this forum listing discounts (e.g. Qoqa offers ).
No, simplified tax returns for people taxed at source have been abandoned since tax year 2021. If your income and wealth are below the thresholds, you can choose to file a full, ordinary tax declaration, or remain taxed at source without any 3a deductions.