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GA Deduction

I am working for a company in Bern and I am about to fill the tax declaration for 2008.

Question: I bought a GA (the expensive version) in December 2008. Is there a chance to deduct it or I am only wasting my time...? I mean the money is out of my account, but I am still using the GA in 2009.
How will the tax authorities interpret it? Any hands-on experience with such issues?
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Re: GA Deduction

WTF is a GA?
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Re: GA Deduction

Here is more about the GA
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Re: GA Deduction

You can enter your GA costs in the year you paid for it, or proportion it. As long as everything is claimed this way and some not proportioned the tax authorities won't care.
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Re: GA Deduction

General Abonnement.

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...mente/ga.htm?=
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GA is General Abonnement. A rail pass. You buy it, it's valid for a while, you don't have to buy tickets for every trip.
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You can enter your GA costs in the year you paid for it, or proportion it. As long as everything is claimed this way and some not proportioned the tax authorities won't care.
That's excellent! It means I can deduct the whole amount in the tax declaration 2008. Do the authorities care I use the GA on private trips?
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Do the authorities care I use the GA on private trips?
They'll never know, nor would they have any reason to want to know. Nor, for that matter, would they have any way of finding out, even if they did want to know.

So, no.
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I am working for a company in Bern and I am about to fill the tax declaration for 2008.

Question: I bought a GA (the expensive version) in December 2008. Is there a chance to deduct it or I am only wasting my time...? I mean the money is out of my account, but I am still using the GA in 2009.
How will the tax authorities interpret it? Any hands-on experience with such issues?
Do you use public transport for commuting to work? If so, you can claim a deduction for the cheapest bus/rail pass to travel between home and workplace. The GA maybe the cheapest if you are commuting long distances.

You can try, but I doubt that they let you deduct 12 months, when you only had it for a month.
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Do you use public transport for commuting to work? If so, you can claim a deduction for the cheapest bus/rail pass to travel between home and workplace. The GA maybe the cheapest if you are commuting long distances.

You can try, but I doubt that they let you deduct 12 months, when you only had it for a month.
To be honest, the cheapest would be to get a local pass, because I live and work within the city (ok, once a month I travel to a remote location).
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To be honest, the cheapest would be to get a local pass, because I live and work within the city (ok, once a month I travel to a remote location).
You can claim that much and you don't need to actually buy the pass so you can continue to use your GA.
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You can claim that much and you don't need to actually buy the pass so you can continue to use your GA.
You can always claim the cheapest pass, for public transport between home and work, without submitting any proof of expenditure. Alternatively, you can deduct CHF 700 for your "bicycle", again without proof.

The employer should reimburse you for travel to the remote location.
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Re: GA Deduction

in your tax return you can deduct a "forfait" for the use of public transportation calculated based on the number of kilometers between your home and your office. If you want to deduct the GA, assuming its costs are higher, then you can try but I would advise you to justify in an enclosure why you absolutely need a GA for your work and why that is a cost that is necessary for your work (which is deductible). But be aware, it is either the forfait or GA, you can not have both...

I did it for my own and it worked. The tax authority will most probably assume that you take each year a new GA, therefore no split to perform in costs.
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Re: GA Deduction

I want to get a GA because I travel quite a lot in the country and I am wondering whether from a tax declaration point of view it makes any difference if I take the one that you pay for the year or if I take the one that you pay monthly.

If there was not the tax question, I would prefer to pay 310 francs every month than 3350 francs one off.
But if in my 2012 tax declaration I can deduct the whole 3350 francs (Vs. 1860 francs that I will have paid over a 6 months period), then it's probably better to pay for the yearly one, isn't it?

PS. Given some replies above (though from 2008), I am afraid that maybe they will only recognize the cost of the Lausanne monthly pass, which is 66 francs, given that I live in Lausanne and work just out of the city, on the way to Renens. Is this the case?
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Re: GA Deduction

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It depends a bit on the canton you live in - but as a general rule if a pass that costs less is adequate for your journey to work they will only let you deduct that amount - meaning the Lausanne pass. They will consider that your main usage of the GA is of personal nature - which is not deductible.

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Re: GA Deduction

Thanks Carolina.

So no matter which I choose (yearly or monthly), I can only deduct 12x the cost of the Lausanne bus pass...
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Good evening

Yes this is pretty much the case I am afraid.

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Thanks Carolina.

So no matter which I choose (yearly or monthly), I can only deduct 12x the cost of the Lausanne bus pass...
Probably only 11 times, as you have 4 weeks holiday...
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Re: GA Deduction

Again it depends on the canton - however imo they accept 12 months deduction - holidays are not deducted.
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Probably only 11 times, as you have 4 weeks holiday...
That would too mean of them!
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