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COVID-19: deadline to file Swiss tax returns extended

  • Simon Koch, Director |

The filing deadline for Swiss individual income tax returns for 2019 has been extended in several cantons due to the current situation caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Extension of filing deadline for individual tax returns for 2019

The current situation caused by the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland has led to extraordinary measures by the Swiss tax authorities. As listed in the table below, various cantons have already extended their filing deadline for the 2019 individual income tax returns. The general filing deadline of 31 March 2020 hs been extended in those cantons as follows:

Canton Extended filing deadline
Aargau 30.06.2020
Appenzell-Ausserrhoden 31.05.2020
Basel-Land 30.06.2020
Basel-Stadt 31.05.2020
Berne 15.09.2020
Fribourg 30.06.2020
Geneva 31.05.2020
Jura 31.07.2020
Lucerne 31.05.2020
Nidwalden 30.06.2020
Schaffhausen 30.06.2020
Schwyz 31.05.2020
Solothurn 31.07.2020
St. Gallen 31.05.2020
Ticino 30.06.2020
Uri 31.05.2020
Vaud 30.06.2020
Valais 31.05.2020
Zug 30.06.2020
Zurich 31.05.2020

To date no general extension has been announced by the following cantons:
Grisons, Neuchatel, Appenzell-Innerrhoden, Thurgau, Glarus, Obwalden.

Relief for payment of direct federal taxes

In addition, the Swiss Federal Council has released relief measures relating to payment of federal income tax. For federal income tax payments due (other than for penalties and costs) between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, no late payment interest will be levied where payment is delayed.

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