Updated on January, 11th 2023.
If you have already read the article about the cantonal and communal income taxes in Geneva, then the calculation of the wealth tax will be a piece of cake.
Otherwise, I would advise you to go have a look at it before you start reading the next paragraphs.
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From gross to net wealth
First of all, addition the financial value of your belongings. This is your gross wealth.
- Current account
- Financial stocks (stocks, bonds, shares)
- Private loans
- Fiscal value of your real estate properties
- investment fund shares
- Art and valuable objects
Are you done? To find out the net wealth and move on to the next stage, you now have to subtract all authorised deductions.
What are they?
- Debts : mortgage, unsecured debts and private debts.
- “The franchise” : each canton determines an amount which is not subject to taxation. In Geneva, it depends on your situation. For 2022, the tax allowance is :
All good? Did you find your taxable wealth? Let’s move on to the calculation of the tax burden.
Cantonal and communal taxes (ICC) calculation based on wealth
The cantonal and communal tax is calculated according to what is called the base ICC. How to find the latter?
- Take your taxable wealth and find out in which bracket it falls, based on the two lists below.
If you wish you can find them here. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the link leads to the 2021 rate. The canton of Geneva has not yet updated the 2022 rates on its website.
- Determine the tax corresponding to the previous bracket (and addition the amounts of both tables)
- Apply the rate of the current bracket to the difference between the maximal number of the previous bracket and your taxable income. Do this on both tables.
Table 1: basic tax on wealth
Table 2: additional tax on wealth
Let’s use an example to clarify all this. You will see, in reality, appearances are deceptive and what follows is actually simple, as long as we take it step by step.
Calculation of the first table: basic tax on wealth
My cousin Chloé, single and without any children, who lives in Bardonnex and works in Carouge, has net assets of exactly 200,000 CHF.
To calculate her ICC on wealth, she has to subtract the 83,398 CHF free of tax.
She gets an amount of 116,602 CHF.
Her wealth is in the second bracket, from 112,355 CHF to 224,707 CHF.
As seen in the article on the income ICC, the first stage of the calculation of the base tax is the identification of the amount of the cumulated tax of the previous bracket. In the present case: 196.60 CHF.
To this amount, we have to apply the rate of the current bracket to the difference between the taxable income and the maximal number of the previous bracket.
In other words…or numbers: 116,602 – 112,354 = 4,248 CHF. The rate to be applied is 2.25 per thousand – 0.00225 (and not percent).
4,248 x 0.00225 = 9.56 CHF.
By additioning both amounts, we get 196.60 + 9.56 = 206.16 CHF.
Chloé’s base wealth ICC is therefore 206.16 CHF.
Calculation of the second table: additional tax on wealth
Before we move on, since we are already in the middle of tables, let’s take this opportunity to evaluate the additional tax.
The steps are the same as those for the base ICC. If we go back to our table entitled: Table 2: additional wealth tax, we quickly realise that we are still in the 2nd bracket between 112,355 and 224,707.
The first step is to look at the maximum tax of the previous bracket. In our example this is 0. Which saves us a few blue banknotes and a few gray cells.
We still have to apply the rate of the current bracket to the difference between the maximal amount of the previous bracket and that of the taxable income, that is 116,602 – 112,354 = 4,248 CHF.
4,248 x 0.0001125 = 0.48 CHF.
Chloé’s addition wealth tax is thus of 48 cents.
All this brain-bending for such a small amount!
Calculation of the cantonal tax
The cantonal and communal taxes are calculated according to the base ICC, that is, in Chloé’s case, 206.16 CHF.
For now, we do not take into account the additional tax but patience, it will come.
To this base ICC, we have to add…
- The cantonal additional cents to the rate of 47.5 % for Geneva.
- The additional cents of home assistance to the rate of 1% for Geneva.
206.16 x 0.475 = 97.93 CHF.
206.16 x 0.01 = 2.06 CHF.
Chloé’s cantonal tax is therefore of 97.93 + 2.06 = 99.98 CHF.
Last step: Add the additional wealth tax. In our example, we take our CHF 99.98 and add our 48 cents.
Don’t give up, we are almost done!
Communal tax calculation
Unlike income, it is only the municipality in which you live that will tax your wealth. At what rate? You can find here the tax rates per commune in Geneva.
In order to complete our example, we will focus on some municipalities:
Don’t panic, there is only one step!
We need to find the tax rate of our commune, in our example: Bardonnex, and apply this rate to our basic tax.
All that remains is to put these amounts together
If you want to know the total amount of your cantonal and communal taxes on your assets, do like Chloé and add up all the numbers you found.
To remind you, we calculated…
- A base ICC of 206.16 CHF
- An additional tax of 0.48 CHF
- A cantonal tax of 306.62 CHF
- A communal tax of 88.65 CHF
The amount of the ICC on wealth is thus of 395.27 CHF.
And at the federal level? Good news, unlike the income tax, there is no federal tax on wealth.
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