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Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

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My wife works in Bern and I in Zurich. We have an apartment in Bern, and just got a second one in Zurich. Can we register any of the two as our primary address? If not, what decides what Canton we are considered to live in? It is important to know for us, as the difference in taxes is quite large.

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Re: Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

The one where you normally live.

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Re: Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

The criteria is, where your center of life is. If you had children, say, their residence would probably be the deciding factor (usually).

How things work in your situation, with an apartment at both work locations, may be less clear - the higher the plausibility of your declaration the more likely it'll get accepted.

Apartment size seems likely to play a role, e.g. a 1-room or 2-room apartment at one location and 5-room at the other would probably make it very difficult to get taxed by the 1-room location. The sequence of registering may be relevant, trying to get taxed at the 2nd location even though you keep the apartment at the 1st may be seen as fishy. Supporting evidence won't hurt either, so perhaps keep the receipts you get when shopping, going out, etc. Having a "Streckenabo" for the train may be helpful, or a parking place rental contract at both locations, for the one who moves back and forth.
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Re: Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

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Hi!

My wife works in Bern and I in Zurich. We have an apartment in Bern, and just got a second one in Zurich. Can we register any of the two as our primary address? If not, what decides what Canton we are considered to live in? It is important to know for us, as the difference in taxes is quite large.

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If 1 of you can justify using a car then the milage deduction is potentially huge, I don't know if this was capped there was talk of it. I worked part time in Geneva whilst living in ZH, I could deduct 404 CHF daily milage allowance from income.
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Re: Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

Most if not all Kantons have capped it by now.
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Re: Have apartments in two cantons- Can I register in any one?

You might want to contact HappyRobbie, who's done this sort of thing previously.

https://www.englishforum.ch/permits-...ml#post3132919
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