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Old 21.07.2015, 10:38
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My sources were 1) colleague of a colleague and 2) the local french rag "Dauphine libérée". Let's hope that that source of wisdom fatmanfilms can come up with something more reliable...
I also read it in the Dauphine, I think it was also reported in 20 minutes. It's been mentioned on the forum a handful of times, I don't have a link to a government site unfortunately.
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Old 21.07.2015, 11:17
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

Does anyone know if any deductions can be made for children studying at Universities abroad ?

They are still registered in Switzerland, so the normal deductions for children are done automatically. But was wondering if the money we transfer to them for rent and living expenses can also be deducted.
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

I was not aware that you can deduct our health insurance premium on your tax return.

I recently provided my paperwork for the 2014 tax return and was contacted today, requesting a copy of my health insurance documents.

I'm sure that in past years I asked about this and was told that this was not deductible however high medical expenses are.

I'm in Basel-Stadt.
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Old 07.09.2015, 14:50
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I was not aware that you can deduct our health insurance premium on your tax return.

I recently provided my paperwork for the 2014 tax return and was contacted today, requesting a copy of my health insurance documents.

I'm sure that in past years I asked about this and was told that this was not deductible however high medical expenses are.

I'm in Basel-Stadt.
I'm not in your area SwissMorgs, but here in Fribourg health insurance premiums are deductible: there are fixed figures for single, couples, etc. But medical expenses are only deductible after you've reached a certain limit. Are you sure you're not confusing the two things? Each canton is different of course so it could be Basel Stadt has recently changed to allow health insurance deductions now when they didn't in the past.
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

Swissmorgs if it's not too much trouble, could you please update the first post with the updated findings so it's clean and up-to-date?

That way any new info can simply be added there to avoid reading through all the pages. I realise it's a bit of work but would be highly appreciated.

That's all I can offer for motivation

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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

So I know you can deduct travel to work and lunch at work, as I work from home I cannot deduct these but what about dependent/kids travelling to school or lunch at school? It is a swiss school and one of the nearest.
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So I know you can deduct travel to work and lunch at work, as I work from home I cannot deduct these but what about dependent/kids travelling to school or lunch at school? It is a swiss school and one of the nearest.
No, I think it's normal for kids to walk to school & eat lunch at home.
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No, I think it's normal for kids to walk to school & eat lunch at home.
AFAIK there is no room on the form for dependent's expenses. You just get a flat rate deduction per offspring.
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

Could anyone advise what the maximal deductible 'donation to a poor relative' is in the canton of Bern? Thank you!
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So I know you can deduct travel to work and lunch at work, as I work from home I cannot deduct these but what about dependent/kids travelling to school or lunch at school? It is a swiss school and one of the nearest.


If you had a GA, or something that gives you unlimited extensive travel, how do you distinguish what was travel for work from all others? Or do you deduct the entire cost of the GA, or equivalent?
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Old 03.11.2015, 19:38
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Could anyone advise what the maximal deductible 'donation to a poor relative' is in the canton of Bern? Thank you!
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If you had a GA, or something that gives you unlimited extensive travel, how do you distinguish what was travel for work from all others? Or do you deduct the entire cost of the GA, or equivalent?
Find the most expensive way to go to work & use that. They don't care within limits, I used to work part time & managed 18k a year on average motoring costs, GA is under 4k.
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Find the most expensive way to go to work & use that. They don't care within limits, I used to work part time & managed 18k a year on average motoring costs, GA is under 4k.
Thus underlining the fact that a car isn't really necessary in Switzerland, since public transport (buying a GA/AG) costs a fraction of what it costs to run a motor vehicle! In my case, when I had to calculate it once, the figure for running a car came up at around quadruple the cost of the GA!
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

Depends where in Switzerland, and how many people in the household.

Around here, a car is a must.

My wife is even considering buying herself a second car!

(we already have one each)

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Thus underlining the fact that a car isn't really necessary in Switzerland, since public transport (buying a GA/AG) costs a fraction of what it costs to run a motor vehicle! In my case, when I had to calculate it once, the figure for running a car came up at around quadruple the cost of the GA!
I often had no choice as I would have to leave home the night before trying to go to Vernier (GE) from Altstetten (ZH) arriving in Vernier at 8.00 am. Your also assuming people don't have to take any equipment with them when they go to work.
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Re: Obvious Tax Deductions

The clothes bought to be worn by work ?
Home Office costs (electricity, table, chair, lamp of the room used) ?
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I often had no choice as I would have to leave home the night before trying to go to Vernier (GE) from Altstetten (ZH) arriving in Vernier at 8.00 am. Your also assuming people don't have to take any equipment with them when they go to work.
It's a very good point, I guess it depends on how much equipment one needs and how much one can carry! Another fair point is if there are no trains/buses running at the time you need to travel, with the destination you have to get to.
Nevertheless a GA for most should be sufficient and cover all necessary times and routes, saving a huge amount of money in the long run.
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Tax accountant fees ?
Medical bills paid over and above those reimbursed by the insurance company.
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Medical bills paid by you over and above what was reimbursed by the insurance company
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Could anyone advise what the maximal deductible 'donation to a poor relative' is in the canton of Bern? Thank you!
It depends on the canton, country where your dependents reside, consider a general rule as 4000 CHF per year.. I have heard that claims upwards of this amount is questioned and sometimes rejected.
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