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Working in Switzerland & living in France as a Swiss

Hello,


I know this answer get asked a lot by people from the EU coming to work in Switzerland but it's a bit different!


I'm a Swiss citizen and I will be working in Switzerland (Geneva area) but I'm probably going to live in France near the border with a french friend that will be joining later this year.


I checked a bit online and I can't seems to find the paperwork needed to procede / how the taxes will work / where I need to register everything if needed or if I can just go live across the border without issue.



If somebody has some information about all of this it would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance,


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Re: Working in Switzerland & living in France as a Swiss

Hi Inso,


If you don't live in Geneva before going to France, the process is quite easy.


In France, you don't have anything special to do. Best however is to go to the mairie, telling them you live there. They usually like to know who lives there



In Geneva, most of the taxes aspects will be handled by your employer. Working as employee in Geneva and living in "France voisine" means the taxes will be automatically deducted from your salary (this would not be the case in other configurations, like if you would work in the canton de Vaud for instance). You will then have to fill in a declaration simplifiée every year (1 page) which you can get at the Groupement Transfrontalier Européen (https://www.frontalier.org/). You'll find plenty of other interesting information on that website.


Hope this helped a bit.
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We had a Swiss secretary for a few a few years who lived in Italy, it was never a problem.

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Re: Working in Switzerland & living in France as a Swiss

You will also have to fill in a normal French tax form. You get a declaration from your Swiss employer every year of your income, deductions, etc. You use this to fill in a line in the French tax form for "income earned abroad, but already taxed". This point sets your tax band for any further earnings (from shares, for example). However, if you don't earn anything apart from your salary, you pay no French income tax.

On the Swiss side, there used to be a great deduction for travel expenses getting to work (I stopped working in Geneva 2 years ago). It made me 10kCHF a year! I have a feeling it has been cut down now, as no-one living in Geneva could possibly do that mileage. Still, worth looking out for ;-).

As already recommended the Groupement de Frontaliers is excellent. Joining is a good idea - they have a service to members of filling in all your tax forms, for a reasonable fee.
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