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Re: Tax when living in France/working Switzerland

Anyone have advice on this version? US citizen (naturalised Swiss) married to a Swiss, both freelance, own modest homes in both Switzerland and France. Live in France and have kids in school there. Only income comes from clients in Geneva so we have continued to pay taxes there. We are declared as living in France but not paying taxes there. Local French admin hasn't been able to tell us what to do. Want to regularise this situation. Help!
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Old 27.12.2013, 14:51
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Re: Tax when living in France/working Switzerland

I'd check with the "Groupement de frontaliers", easily Googled. They know more about this kind of situation than anyone else. It's about 80 to join, but with that you get unlimited personal advice. They also offer a "fill in your french tax form" service for 100 - worth using at least once, IMHO.

For what it's worth, here's my best shot: It seems to me that you are frontaliers. Even if you are not, you are french residents with earnings & so you should fill in a french tax form. Unless you have unearned income (shares, etc.), you will end up paying zero french tax. See my numerous other posts. Also it may be worth claiming "quasi-resident" status in Geneva, which means you can claim back all your mileage and other stuff.

I'd be interested to hear how it works out, as I'm thinking of becoming a consultant myself.
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Re: Tax when living in France/working Switzerland

I am thinking of working in Switzerland. Single man, 50's. Lower income. What would be the benefits of living in France compared to Switzerland?
I am thinking travel costs, costs and difficulties of buying a small run down shed and doing it up, living expenses, tax etc.
Also is it possible at all to get work in Switzerland in the building industry or roadworks if I can not speak the lingo yet?
Thanks.
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Old 13.09.2017, 20:05
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Re: Tax when living in France/working Switzerland

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I am thinking of working in Switzerland. Single man, 50's. Lower income. What would be the benefits of living in France compared to Switzerland?
I am thinking travel costs, costs and difficulties of buying a small run down shed and doing it up, living expenses, tax etc.
Also is it possible at all to get work in Switzerland in the building industry or roadworks if I can not speak the lingo yet?
Thanks.
The French won't speak a word of English, the Swiss probably can if they choose to.
Purchase / Sale costs in France are huge, the French don't renovate they replace so its unlikely to be a good deal.
Possibly but unlikely, how likely is a French builder going to get work in the UK if he can't speak English. There are a few expat enclaves like Chamonix.
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