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Working in Zurich - living in France

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I've had a read of some of the threads here, so I can glean all the G pass info, tax data etc from those, thank you all very much for you. Couldn't find anything specific on whether it's practical to work in Zurich and live in France, and if so, where? I'm thinking somewhere I can get a train into Zurich, if possible (sounds to good to be true...)

Thanks very much for any tips and advice on this and anything else you experts think useful

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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

Hi Dennis,

There are direct TGV trains from Mulhouse to Zurich a couple of times per day (check www.sbb.ch / www.tgv.com)
They only stop in Basel and take around 1:30 hours. I am not entirely sure on the travel time, but the TGV from Zurich to Basel is ~1 hour, so to Mulhouse is probably a bit less than 1:30.

There are also some other train options with regional trains to Basel, and then every 30 min a direct train to Zurich + some regional trains as well.

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Hello all

I've had a read of some of the threads here, so I can glean all the G pass info, tax data etc from those, thank you all very much for you. Couldn't find anything specific on whether it's practical to work in Zurich and live in France, and if so, where? I'm thinking somewhere I can get a train into Zurich, if possible (sounds to good to be true...)

Thanks very much for any tips and advice on this and anything else you experts think useful

Dennis
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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

I don't know you're personal situation but I would strongly advise against living in France and working in Zürich. You will be exhausted with all the travelling within 6 months. It's relatively expensive too.

Besides which, think of the reaction at your Zürich work-place. Unless there are other "Frontaliers" you will be regarded as strange and not committed to your new environment. Sounds kinda weird but, and I've heard this from Swiss people too, you'll find a more narrow outlook on differences and behaviour in Switzerland than you would be used to in the UK.
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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

Ok thanks for advice James. I'd heard that it was quite a popular thing to do because of the deifference in rents, as well as the food being much better. An hour's commute on the train doesn't seem too bad, though, better than a 40 minute drive in my opinion. I'm glad you told me about the potential 'narrow mindedness' - I'll make sure I reign in my behaviour. I'm only here initially for a few months, although depending on what I find I may well endevour to make the move more permanant
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Hello all

I've had a read of some of the threads here, so I can glean all the G pass info, tax data etc from those, thank you all very much for you. Couldn't find anything specific on whether it's practical to work in Zurich and live in France, and if so, where? I'm thinking somewhere I can get a train into Zurich, if possible (sounds to good to be true...)

Thanks very much for any tips and advice on this and anything else you experts think useful

Dennis
Not practical from Zurich. If you were working in Basel, yes. Also, be careful about the tax ramifications, if you have to pay your income tax in France it is significantly higher than if you are resident in Switzerland.
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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

Living in France and working in Zurich is definitely possible. I do it for 4 years now, after having lived in Zurich for 3 years. There are many inaccurate statements on this thread about living in France and working in Zurich.

For instance regarding tax: you pay tax at source in Zurich but need to fill in a French tax form. As far as income tax is concerned, you pay in principle nothing in France due to a tax credit equal to what would have been due. Investment income etc would be paid in France however. This is similar to living in France and working in Geneve.

You pay local tax in France: taxe d'habitation, but this is typically less than EUR 1000 a year.

You can live in St Louis, right next to Basel and take the train from Basel to Zurich, non-stop, about 55min. Border to SBB station in Basel is less than 20 min by tram (direct line 11 from border to station in about 15 min), or about 10min on a motor scooter.

French schools are good, and offer French or bilingual French-German education. After school services are excellent and inexpensive, unlike in Switzerland.

About the remark on colleagues reacting negatively in Zurich. I never noticed. Say you do it for the money only and it goes down very well.

It helps to speak French though while living in France !

Hope this is of use
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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

Here is a french point of view ...

The only reason (exept "being tired of the travel every day") I will not advise you to live in France and work in Zürich is ... If you have to take a french train...

To be honest french trains are often late, or on strinking, so you cannot trust them (unless you boss is very understanding).
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Yes avoid taking too many different forms of public transport even in CH. If you live close to border with Basle you can go straight to Basle SBB on your bike.
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Living in France and working in Zurich is definitely possible. I do it for 4 years now, after having lived in Zurich for 3 years. There are many inaccurate statements on this thread about living in France and working in Zurich.

For instance regarding tax: you pay tax at source in Zurich but need to fill in a French tax form. As far as income tax is concerned, you pay in principle nothing in France due to a tax credit equal to what would have been due. Investment income etc would be paid in France however. This is similar to living in France and working in Geneve.

You pay local tax in France: taxe d'habitation, but this is typically less than EUR 1000 a year.

You can live in St Louis, right next to Basel and take the train from Basel to Zurich, non-stop, about 55min. Border to SBB station in Basel is less than 20 min by tram (direct line 11 from border to station in about 15 min), or about 10min on a motor scooter.

French schools are good, and offer French or bilingual French-German education. After school services are excellent and inexpensive, unlike in Switzerland.

About the remark on colleagues reacting negatively in Zurich. I never noticed. Say you do it for the money only and it goes down very well.

It helps to speak French though while living in France !

Hope this is of use
Hello There,
Thanks for the information. Where can I find more specific information on taxation by living in France and working in Zurich. Are there professional agencies that I can seek help?
Really appreciate your support.

thanks
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Re: Working in Zurich - living in France

Hello, i saw your post about living in france and working in zrh.
On the working in zrh website, it only provides the g permit to german border commuters.
Did you have any issues to obtain your g permit?
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