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Two addresses in different cantons

Hello,

I currently live and work in canton of Vaud. I would like to move to canton Schwyz, but keep the place I'm renting in Vaud as a "working place". My primary address would be in Schwyz as I'll be living there with my husband. Should I simply de-register in Vaud and register in Schwyz or I need to inform the authorities that I'm keeping both places?

I'm a EU-citizen with permit B and keep working in Vaud. Thanks for any advise.
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Where will you be for the majority of the time, Vaud or Schwyz?
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Married couples are taxed together, and in one place only.

So, unless you husband is also spending lots of time in Vaud, it will have to be Schwyz.

The question then becomes if you are allowed to have two places in two different cantons.

For Swiss people, this is no problem, but for you it may.

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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

To clarify:

Current - living and working in Vaud
Future - primarily "living" address is Schwyz. Working in Vaud and staying overnight in Vaud.

In theory it can be done - and expenses of the overnight stays in Vaud could be deductable against tax BUT you'll need to show your "centre of life" is in Schwyz - something you may strugggle to do.

Other consideration:
- Is your permit tied to a kanton?
- Will your husband be working in Schwyz?
- How long have you been in Switzerland?

How much tax are you expecting to save??
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Where will you be for the majority of the time, Vaud or Schwyz?
It will be around 50/50. But the place in Schwyz will be a flat, rented together with my husband. In Vaud I'm keeping just the room in the student residence that I rented myself only.

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- Is your permit tied to a kanton?
- Will your husband be working in Schwyz?
- How long have you been in Switzerland?
How much tax are you expecting to save??
1. My permit says "valid for whole Switzerland"
2. My husband currently lives in Schwyz and works in Zurich.
3. I've been in Switzerland for 16 months now.
4. If married couples are taxed together in one place - can we simply both be taxed in Schwyz?

Yes, the final question is in fact if I can keep both places and where do I have to prove that a centre of life is in Schwyz?

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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Then you should have no problem with having your main residence as Schwyz and pay taxes there- but check with tax office. It is always best to ask the authorities direct rather than EF or any other expat Forum- where not all the facts are known.

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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

I'm in a similar situation, joint residence place / my work place / spouse's work place are in three different cantons. Plus we have a second flat in one of the work places. No problem at all.

You just need to deregister at Vaud and register at Schwyz.

You are allowed to keep your flat in Vaud as long as it is only for overnight stay during the weekdays. And the rent and transport fee to work is deductible (subject to a max. amount) when calculating taxable income.
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

happyrobie - thanks a lot! That makes things clear.
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You are allowed to keep your flat in Vaud as long as it is only for overnight stay during the weekdays. And the rent and transport fee to work is deductible (subject to a max. amount) when calculating taxable income.
How is that technically possible? In municipality they tell me my apartment is not suitable for registration as vacation house. Is it somehow related or they just mixed the things?
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Where are the two places, and where do you work?

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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

The two places are Zurich and Lugano. I work in Lugano, and my wife is in Zurich. Today I went to municipality to change my registration to Zurich. But they told me I can not keep my Lugano apartment then on a ground that it is not an holiday house or they ran out of holiday house limits or something like that. Sounds like rubbish to me.
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How is that technically possible? In municipality they tell me my apartment is not suitable for registration as vacation house. Is it somehow related or they just mixed the things?
A vacation house wouldn't be the same thing as a work place property I don't think. Do you actually do your work there or is it just for convenience to get to work in Lugano?
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

They just want you to keep paying taxes in Lugano.

If your wife is in ZH, and you go there for the weekends, then your home is in ZH.

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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Convenience. Moreover I work in Lugano itself, while the apt is actually in Paradiso. I think I am just going to register in Zurich without reporting back to Paradiso and see what happens.
Although this tactics does not work really well with Swiss authorities...
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The two places are Zurich and Lugano. I work in Lugano, and my wife is in Zurich. Today I went to municipality to change my registration to Zurich. But they told me I can not keep my Lugano apartment then on a ground that it is not an holiday house or they ran out of holiday house limits or something like that. Sounds like rubbish to me.
The place of your center of life (not necessarily the place where you spend the most of your time) is where you should register. If your wife is based in Zurich and you spend weekends there with her then it's normal that you change your residence to Zurich. And as you still work in Lugano, you can surely keep your place in Lugano. Nothing prevents you to rent a place which is not your residential place because you have a justification (your work). This is different if you BUY a apartment which is not your residential place.
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Hi everybody.
I have a similar couestion. I live in Zurich, have B permit as I have EU passport. I'm living at my friends house.
Now, my couestion is.....can my wife, who also have EU passport and job offer, come to Zurich but live on different ddress?
I apologize for my English.
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Hi everybody.

I have a similar couestion. I live in Zurich, have B permit as I have EU passport. I'm living at my friends house.

Now, my couestion is.....can my wife, who also have EU passport and job offer, come to Zurich but live on different ddress?

I apologize for my English.

Thank you!

Yes , why not?
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Yes , why not?
Thank you for quick response.
My wife doesn't live in CH at the moment. She is coming in next 2 weeks. I thought that maybe she has to live with me becouse we are family. I'm glad if I'm wrong!
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Well technically yes.

The following requirements must be met in order for family reunification to take place:
  • Your apartment must be large enough by Swiss standards to accommodate the entire family.
https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/

But as she's coming with a job offer of her own it's not really family reunification as such. Still, you/she may get asked some questions/get funny looks when she goes to register and gives a different address to yours.
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Re: Two addresses in different cantons

Basicly it says that we have to meet that standards. Big apartman ect.
I don't know.
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