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Old 25.03.2021, 17:35
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Re: Negotiating with the cantonal tax office about deductions

Hey you guys win!
Useful information gained from this brainstorming session: time to get a tax specialist.
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Re: Negotiating with the cantonal tax office about deductions

To be honest, I think others were just as puzzled as me by reading "higher income than most families" (I am sorry, but to me, that sounds a bit snobbish) and "tight budget" in the same sentence.

Valais is one of the Cantons that lets you deduct work related travel expenses in full for 2020, regardless of whether we have worked from home or not.

I know that in another thread you had asked how to deduce costs resulting in working from home.

I wouldn't ask them anything in case they decide that maybe they'd better double check whether you were actually going to the office or not.
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I'm not sure it's always so black and white. 1 very high income individual told me they were able to claim full mileage as a deduction despite exceeding the cantonal max deductible amount for travel expenses by some way. He attributed this to his accountant's network with the person processing his tax file. All second hand information but would not surprise me if true.
Alas, some countries are rife with bribery and corruption. Thankfully, others have networks which keep such shameful practices in check.



At a certain point the tax administrator might have to answer a few tough questions. However, if you take Vaud as an example (Google “Pascal Broulis” – Council of State/Head of Finance) you might get off scot free. Last I know, he sued the poor old Tages Anzeiger https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz...story/16563897
for damages, which might explain why you don’t get many hits

Actually quite a good match to the OP’s situation: two residences and even the question of travel expenses was finally let go:
“Auch der Abzug der Fahrkosten war laut Casanova gesetzeskonform. Allerdings hätte das Steueramt genauer hinschauen und vom Steuerzahler zusätzliche Erklärungen und Belege einfordern müssen.”
According to Casanova, the deduction of travel expenses was also in accordance with the law. However, the Tax Office should have looked more closely and demanded additional declarations and supporting documents from the taxpayer.
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I know that the semi-confinement is working on us all, but is this necessary?
A high income couple with a strict budget and no special net worth because issued from modest families.
Not bragging, not saying that life is completely unfair, just stating a fact. And brainstorming for ideas that help us to plan our work and home lives.
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You are right: life was unfair to you, after all you are on a tight budget, despite...

And on top of that issued from modest families. The UN should make a special net worth by birth as a fundamental human right.
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Don't know how many times it has to be repeated: the EF poverty line is around 120K a year
I thought that was years ago, now it should be way higher
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