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Weekly resident (Wochenaufenthalter) - deductions

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I live/have residency in Geneva but work in the canton of Aargau. For various reasons, I am not interested in moving my residency. I have rented a flat in the canton of Solothurn and have registered as weekly resident/Wochenaufenthalter there.

I am taxed at source so I will not file a tax return.

I can claim deductions for pension payments to pillar 2 and 3a and some other things like education and child care but as far as I can see, apart from that, the possible deductions are limited when you are taxed at source.

Does anyone here have any knowledge on whether I qualify for tax deductions for the expenses related to being Wochenaufenthalter and the commuting?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Re: Weekly resident (Wochenaufenthalter) - deductions

In Ct. Zurich an application can be filed to adjust Quellensteuer (source tax) to reflect these deductions:

- debt interest
- costs associated with illness or accident
- costs attributable to disability
- support contributions, alimony payments
- contributions in recognised forms to dedicated self-provisioning (so-called “Pillar 3a”)
- purchases of absent contribution years in the pension fund (so-called “Pillar 2”)
- effective occupational costs (travel expenses, further training costs and the cost of international weekly commuting)
-childcare costs
-support deduction
-charitable grants, donations

https://www.steueramt.zh.ch/dam/fina...t_qst15_en.pdf

This is the Ct. Zurich application form. The relevant weekly resident section is 11.13:

https://www.steueramt.zh.ch/dam/fina...ng_2016_v3.pdf
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Re: Weekly resident (Wochenaufenthalter) - deductions

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In Ct. Zurich an application can be filed to adjust Quellensteuer (source tax) to reflect these deductions:

- debt interest
- costs associated with illness or accident
- costs attributable to disability
- support contributions, alimony payments
- contributions in recognised forms to dedicated self-provisioning (so-called “Pillar 3a”)
- purchases of absent contribution years in the pension fund (so-called “Pillar 2”)
- effective occupational costs (travel expenses, further training costs and the cost of international weekly commuting)
-childcare costs
-support deduction
-charitable grants, donations

https://www.steueramt.zh.ch/dam/fina...t_qst15_en.pdf

This is the Ct. Zurich application form. The relevant weekly resident section is 11.13:

https://www.steueramt.zh.ch/dam/fina...ng_2016_v3.pdf
Dear Mulhollander

Thank you very much for the feedback. Your highlighted section should indicate that the travel expenses should be covered. I wonder whether there could be differences between the canton of Geneva and the canton of Zurich in terms of deduction limit - I have heard that Geneva would introduce a cap of CHF 500 but I do not know whether that is applicable at the moment? Also, since rent is on the list, I suppose it is doubtful that my expenses towards that is covered although it is a cost that is connected to my work/place of work.

A follow up question - does anyone have any idea what Wochenaufenthalter is in French?
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