Swiss whithholding tax when hiring a maid

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  • BenutzernameMoneyland User Questions
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We want to hire a maid since we don't have time to do the washing up. We found someone willing to work for a good price, but I have been wondering how the taxes would work since she is a foreign national. Would we as her employers have to deduct withholding tax from her salary? I would rather not have to bother with all that admin if I don't have to.

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In Switzerland, employers of household employees are required to hold a 5% withholding tax from salaries which are eligible for social security deductions. This applies to employers of all household employees, even if the employee in question is a Swiss citizen.

It is also worth noting that household employees like maids and babysitters are required to pay social security contributions regardless of how low their annual income is.

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