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Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

I was trying to fill out the deductible expense section of my tax forms. One of which is the commuting cost. As I live 30km away from my company, driving is also one feasible option compared to train. I sometimes take train, and sometimes drive to office. I'm wondering if I could claim both expense as my commuting deductible or only one of them counts? On the form it lists the formula to be

distance_in_km x 0.7Fr/km x commuting_days

And the value is capped at 10,000Fr. Is there any other restrictions that applies to this entry?
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Re: Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

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Yes, for that option you need to write an essay on why it's not feasible for you to just use public transport instead every day, such as you live in the middle of nowhere and have to walk a few km's to the nearest bus stop, or car would save you more than an hour of commute time a day etc

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I was trying to fill out the deductible expense section of my tax forms. One of which is the commuting cost. As I live 30km away from my company, driving is also one feasible option compared to train. I sometimes take train, and sometimes drive to office. I'm wondering if I could claim both expense as my commuting deductible or only one of them counts?
Only one counts. If you claim multiple valid ones - like that you also commute by bike for 700 Fr, you give them a carte blanche to pick the cheapest one for you. If public transport is a feasible option but you use car out of convenience you can still normally claim cheapest public transport abo cost as a substitute
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Old 28.11.2017, 09:15
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Re: Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

Don't know the rules for your canton, but here in Fribourg canton a car's mileage can only be claimed if it saves you more than an hour and a half's journey time getting to work.
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Old 28.11.2017, 09:20
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Re: Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

I'm lazy, I live in Zug and about 10km from work. I can claim on my car on account of that I can be called in at any time. I also work some weekends. I have a letter from my employer that confirms this and that I have a parking place at work.
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Re: Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

Kanton Zürich only if it saves you an hour per day
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Kanton Zürich only if it saves you an hour per day
Also if employer asks you to come by car as you may need to use it. It's a box tick on the end of year salary statement.
Potentially working late is another one if you cant get home
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I was trying to fill out the deductible expense section of my tax forms. One of which is the commuting cost. As I live 30km away from my company, driving is also one feasible option compared to train. I sometimes take train, and sometimes drive to office. I'm wondering if I could claim both expense as my commuting deductible or only one of them counts? On the form it lists the formula to be

distance_in_km x 0.7Fr/km x commuting_days

And the value is capped at 10,000Fr. Is there any other restrictions that applies to this entry?
You can split the days anyway you want (at least in Zurich). If you claim the car all year they may ask for proof of millage.

There is a court ruling (federal court 2C_745/2017 https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/velo-und-...den-ld.1320501) which state you can claim bike AND train in case you use it to get from/to train station.
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Old 28.11.2017, 11:02
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Re: Deductible expense: Commuting by car?

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If there is no public transport
If you save over 1 hour when using the car
If you need to use the car during work time on request of employer
If you can´t use public transport due to an illness




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Correct

If there is no public transport
If you save over 1 hour when using the car
If you need to use the car during work time on request of employer
If you can´t use public transport due to an illness
Note the definition of that and when you can claim a car it is a cantonal thing.

In SZ, Which OP seems to be as he speak of 10k cap:

No public transport means the next bus stop or train station is more than 1 km away.
You can only claim public transport/car if your workplace is more than 1 km away from your home (except need due to illness).
You can claim a car when you either save 30 minutes per way OR the travel with public transport is more than 2 hours per day.
If you work shifts you can also account the waiting time when you arrive at work and before the shift starts, and the waiting time when shift ends. If you have sliding working hours the waiting time can not be accounted for as there is no waiting time.

https://www.sz.ch/public/upload/asse...21_11_2017.pdf
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