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Swiss Tax Return - Any relocation costs claimable


Can anymore confirm if relocation costs can be claimed on personal tax return here in Switzerland ? Such as temporary accommodating while looking for an apartment, buying furniture ?
My family and I moved here for work and received no relocation allowance from our companies but I wondered if the costs of setting up here can be claimed back against tax ?

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Re: Swiss Tax Return - Any relocation costs claimable

Ct. Zurich tax office says this (translated).

"As a rule, relocation costs are not directly related to the exercise of the profession and are therefore generally classified as non-deductible living expenses.

On the other hand, a qualified close connection with the exercise of the profession and thus deductible professional expenses can exceptionally be assumed if the reason for the move is a predicament caused by the employer, such as a residence obligation or a relocation of the employer's registered office or business. In this case, the employee has moved his or her place of residence in order to keep his or her job and, consequently, to secure his or her source of income, and not because he or she (voluntarily) took up a new job.

However, only the actual removal costs, i.e. the costs of the furniture transport company, are deductible, not other costs such as the costs of adapting or purchasing furniture, carpets, curtains or electrical appliances, etc."

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