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Thinking of commuting to Switzerland!

There is a possibility that my job will be moving to Basel. I live near Gatwick (20 minutes away) so its possible that I could commute out on a Monday and return Thursday. (Yikes!)

- Anyone doing this at the moment?
- Pitfalls?
- Taxation issues (as I will keep my home in the UK)?

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Old 05.08.2011, 13:08
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There is a possibility that my job will be moving to Basel. I live near Gatwick (20 minutes away) so its possible that I could commute out on a Monday and return Thursday. (Yikes!)

- Anyone doing this at the moment?
- Pitfalls?
- Taxation issues (as I will keep my home in the UK)?

Muchas gracias
You will be Tax resident in the UK for sure as you have not left the UK, even under the proposed new regulations you will still be liable to tax in the UK.
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Re: Thinking of commuting to Switzerland!

My husband did this for the first five months of this year whilst we sorted out schools and housing. He had a B permit and did not pay UK income tax on his salary.
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As he wasn't resident in Switzerland- where did he pay tax? Might be OK in the short term, but only if you do not spend more than 90 days in CH, I believe.
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Re: Thinking of commuting to Switzerland!

From what I understand, you'll actually be tax-resident in both the UK and Switzerland.

You'll need a good tax accountant to work out the nitty gritty about what you have to pay to whom and how various tax treaties impact you.
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My husband did this for the first five months of this year whilst we sorted out schools and housing. He had a B permit and did not pay UK income tax on his salary.
The UK tax system is self assesment, it's your husbands responsibility to fill in a UK tax return. The UK tax year runs till the 5th April, so at least he is not late in filing. Unfortunately travel, accomodation & AHV contributions ane not deductable from UK tax.

He was tax resident in 2 countries & will get a credit for any Swiss tax paid.
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As he wasn't resident in Switzerland- where did he pay tax? Might be OK in the short term, but only if you do not spend more than 90 days in CH, I believe.
For 2010/11 he clearly never left the UK as far as the revenue was concerned, no ties at all seem to have been brocken just temporary absence.
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The UK tax system is self assesment, it's your husbands responsibility to fill in a UK tax return. The UK tax year runs till the 5th April, so at least he is not late in filing. Unfortunately travel, accomodation & AHV contributions ane not deductable from UK tax.

He was tax resident in 2 countries & will get a credit for any Swiss tax paid.
He can claim the costs of the second home - travel to the second home etc etc. Ask your local MP for details of what can be claimed.
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He can claim the costs of the second home - travel to the second home etc etc. Ask your local MP for details of what can be claimed.
MP's can, the rest of the population not, the expense has to be wholly, exclusively & necessary to do the job. Travel is not allowed & the second home falls down on exclusively.
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