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Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

Hello,

My apouse and I work in two different cantons. Due to the distance (a couple of hours apart), I live close to my office Monday - Friday. We have one child who lives with my spouse.

So far we have claimed residence in the canton where my spouse lives(high tax rate) , because we consider that "our home". But, we heard similar cases where the family pays tax in two cantons (but not sure about the details). Just hearsay.

Can I claim residence in my canton (low tax rate) and pay tax there, while my spouse pays in the other canton (high tax rate)?

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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

pop it up for OP, will soon have the same issue and looking for some hints to save tax!
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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

can you domicile in the cheaper canton and prove it's your home where you live the majority of the time?

and more importantly, do you think they might not notice?

you will pay tax as a unit I would say. So work on loading up your costs of the situation to help taxes at home.

and talk to a professional.
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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

Married people, unless legally separated, pay tax together.

If you have a child living, and perhaps going to school, in one place, then you can forget about declaring another place as your residence.

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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

AFAIK

Taxed as a couple in a single canton based on "centre of life" - which with a child will where your child attends school

You MAY be able to claim the costs of renting a second place in order to be near your work BUT you will need to run through this with an accountant. This is often time limited too - 2-3 years I believe.

Is there some major issue in the family just moving to the lower tax kanton?
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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

Hi, here is the situation, no kid involved.
My fiance(Swiss) is registered at his parents' place in canton Valais(Low tax). Me work and live in VAUD
His work requires him to travel all around Switzerland so untill so far he can always justify that his "center of life" is Valais.
I was talking with my accountant last week and he said that, after getting married, if we can still justfiy that we live in different canton and only see each other from time to time, we will declare tax as "separate" instead of "married", without being legally separated.

n this case he keeps paying his tax in Valais, but as "married" instead of "single", and I pay my tax as a married person in Vaud.

Anyone can confirm this??
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Re: Tax Help: Married Living in Different Cantons

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Hi, here is the situation, no kid involved.
My fiance(Swiss) is registered at his parents' place in canton Valais(Low tax). Me work and live in VAUD
His work requires him to travel all around Switzerland so untill so far he can always justify that his "center of life" is Valais.
I was talking with my accountant last week and he said that, after getting married, if we can still justfiy that we live in different canton and only see each other from time to time, we will declare tax as "separate" instead of "married", without being legally separated.

n this case he keeps paying his tax in Valais, but as "married" instead of "single", and I pay my tax as a married person in Vaud.

Anyone can confirm this??
any update?
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