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Old 29.09.2010, 21:29
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Tax Residency Advice

Hi, I currently work in Zurich and live in Zug (good for taxes). Now I am considering another position in a different city (lausanne) which is not commutable. I am thinking of renting a studio in lausanne to live there from Mon-Thu and in Zug from Fri-Sun. In this case is my residency in Zug or lausanne for tax purposes. Any tax experts who can help?

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Re: Tax Residency Advice

As always in Switzerland, the response is, "it depends"

I can try to point you in the right direction,the following would be helpful info (perhaps better PM me - its quite some info to disclose on a public forum) :

Are you swiss or foreigner
Are you taxed at source or do you do your own return
Do you own property in Zug
Do you have a family and if your spouse works,where is she taxed.
Do you clain deductions on your children's kindergarden/nanny, etc (Fremdbetreuungskosten)

That's the main variables which are usually flow into the determination of whereyour"living center" (lebensmittelpunkt)is.

For a couple of years, the Zugauthorities would probably accept your commutanyway (with some very attractive deductions available: Mileage, 2nd appartment)

I know people who have had this set up for years,others were asked bythe authorities to "kindly rectify their domicile"

Happy to help more but it seems to be strongy influenced by the leeway of the individualtax assessors.

(Sorry, got carried away in my CPA ways - simple summary answer to your question would be that your tax domicile is where your "living center" is - where the family lives is usually the acid test)
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Hi, I currently work in Zurich and live in Zug (good for taxes). Now I am considering another position in a different city (lausanne) which is not commutable. I am thinking of renting a studio in lausanne to live there from Mon-Thu and in Zug from Fri-Sun. In this case is my residency in Zug or lausanne for tax purposes. Any tax experts who can help?

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By the time you have paid for a second flat/studio, paid for everything double like tothbrush, toilet paper up Bilag & Swisscom twice, plus a round trip to Zug each week, this will cost you conservatively Chf 1'000.-- per month

If you are earning this much to be able to afford such an additional outlay to your exisiting living arangements in Zug/Zurich, surely you would be better of getting professional advice from a tax lawyer ?

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