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Tax return and fiscal residence

I am a B permit holder from EU country with family not yet relocated. I am the main family contributor but my wife also works with a much smaller salary.

Travelling at least two times per month during weekends. naturally, a big part of my expenses are outside CH even if until now I payed them from an existing bank account in my original country, not from the Swiss income.

I am pretty confused if these expenses outside CH will be accepted by the tax authorities: two rentals, kindergarten, family expenses payed from foreign bank account. Not even sure if my fiscal residence is in CH given that the center of my life is still more outside. Already paying the withholding tax.

Any idea on how I should approach my tax return? Any advices on tax advisors specialised in this EU fiscal residence/ taxation with foreign expenses situation?
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Old 24.03.2021, 21:58
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Re: Tax return and fiscal residence

I'm in Basel City and the rules can vary by canton and basically the rules are unless you've been posted here by a foreign company who has offices also here then you can't deduct anything special for your personal situation. Only the usual allowable expenses apply. i.e. no extra deductions for second homes or travel.

I'm sure if you work here full-time or the intention is to work here full-time then you'll be tax resident here straight away. You may also be tax resident in your home country depending on the number of days you spend and/or work there. Currently there seems to be a kind of amnesty for people who spend longer than they should working from home in their home country.
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Re: Tax return and fiscal residence

I am working full time from here.

My question is if the source country still considers me with fiscal residence there if I should be also required to fill the tax return beside the withholding tax I already pay? Being EU I am sure there is a tax treaty with CH for avoiding double taxation.
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Re: Tax return and fiscal residence

You have to check the rules in your home country. Being required to file taxes here doesn't necessarily preclude you from having to file taxes there but yes you shouldn't have to pay double taxes.
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Sounds like you shouldn't have regiserted as having full residency here. Talk to your communal tax authority and try to adjust that to "WochenAufenthalter". Being Wochenaufenthalter means that you're often here, but legal and tax residence remain abroad with your center of life, i.e. with your family.
If you're a "weekly worker" you're taxed in Switzerland with no taxes to pay on your Swiss income in your home country. So it seems your tax residence would include Switzerland.

https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...search&pto=aue
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If you're a "weekly worker" you're taxed in Switzerland with no taxes to pay on your Swiss income in your home country. So it seems your tax residence would include Switzerland.

https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...search&pto=aue
Looks like I mixed things up, thank you.
Since the OP hasn't been on since I posted this I've deleted it.
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Looks like I mixed things up, thank you.
Since the OP hasn't been on since I posted this I've deleted it.
Still something for the OP to keep in mind.
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Re: Tax return and fiscal residence

I don't return weekly to my home country but typically bi-weekly. I will have to read to see if I fulfil the conditions.

But this article seems to describe it as applicable to Germany. I am not sure it's the same for all EU countries.
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Re: Tax return and fiscal residence

Don't weekly workers (ie cross-border workers) have G permit? This doesn't seem the case here.
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Don't weekly workers (ie cross-border workers) have G permit? This doesn't seem the case here.
They don't have residence here, OP does.
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Don't weekly workers (ie cross-border workers)
Not the same thing.
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Not the same thing.
I know, I was under the impression that B permit = taxes paid in Switzerland; so I got curious and found out that, indeed, it is not the case.

Thanks!

https://croce-associes.ch/en/tax-workers-switzerland/
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I am a B permit holder from EU country with family not yet relocated. I am the main family contributor but my wife also works with a much smaller salary.
B-permit means you are local CH resident for tax purposes. Like it or not - nobody would care much about expenses outside of CH since you are local. You can expense costs for real-estate abroad however if it makes any income - you must report it and pay tax in CH - even your own holiday stay .
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