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Deduct the bike expense for commuting

Hi all,
I am planing to buy a new bike to commute to work as well as to move in the city and do some bike tour. I am also thinking to deduct such expense from my tax (if I am not wrong there is a flat reduction of 700 chf).
However, here my doubt comes: is there a minimum distance between working place and home to justify such deduction? Because, I live rather colse, clearly double walking, but I like go by bike because faster and also handier when I have then to go to the gym or to shop.
Thanks in advance to any answer.
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Just deduct the bike. As long as you don't try to deduct the bike AND the cost of your Zurich pass, you'll be alright. In fact, I noticed that when you hand in your tax declaration on time, they sometimes don't even challenge that. Tax inspectors basically want to whizz through your forms as quickly as possible because they have so many to check. So the best approach is to do it as by the book as you can and provide everything in an easy to find and understand format so they don't have to check back with you. As soon as they have to check back for one thing, they may as well check everything but if there is one small issue that is basically not worth the paperwork, they usually wave it through.

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Re: Deduct the bike expense for commuting

To add to the post above, it is not a problem to deduct public transport and the bike. if both are used on the same travel like cycling to the bus station.
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To add to the post above, it is not a problem to deduct public transport and the bike. if both are used on the same travel like cycling to the bus station.
Again, it depends. Sometimes they argue that you can't deduct both but all that happens is that they will let you know that they didn't allow it, there are not legal repercussions or anything like that.
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Again, it depends. Sometimes they argue that you can't deduct both but all that happens is that they will let you know that they didn't allow it, there are not legal repercussions or anything like that.
It does not depend. Several court cases have brought clarity in this matter and when both are used/needed to travel to work both can be deducted.

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It does not depend. Several court cases have brought clarity in this matter and when both are used/needed to travel to work both can be deducted.

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Fair enough. All I know is that working for the same company and living in the same place for numerous years, the deduction was sometimes allowed and sometimes denied.
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Re: Deduct the bike expense for commuting

Can I also deduct my 500 CHF Nike turn shoes. I use them always to walk to work!
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Can I also deduct my 500 CHF Nike turn shoes. I use them always to walk to work!
Left shoes in even yrs, right shoes in uneven yrs.
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