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Old 20.04.2008, 11:10
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Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

I have a friend who is applying for a job in Germany near the Bodensee. His girlfriend lives in Zurich, and he wants to live with her in Switzerland while commuting into Germany.

Any idea on his permit/tax situation? I presume that as a resident in Switzerland he would pay income tax here, but what kind of permit would he have (if at all)? His girlfriend works on contract and so has a rolling L permit.

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I believe Zurich is too far from the border to qualify for a cross-border employment permit.
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

I thought the cross-border permits were just for people working in the opposite sense, e.g. working in Switzerland, living in Germany?

Looking around the web, I read somewhere that following a German-Swiss bilateral agreement it is possible to pay income tax in Switzerland whilst working in Germany but the Germans retain the right to claim tax for up to 5 years from the time of leaving Germany.

It seems we need to engage a specialist for this one.
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

what nationality is he?
how many hours a day is he prepared to commute?
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I thought the cross-border permits were just for people working in the opposite sense, e.g. working in Switzerland, living in Germany?
It works both ways.
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what nationality is he?
how many hours a day is he prepared to commute?
He's British. For the commute - I think up to 1.5 hours, although he's thinking of spending some days of the week in Germany to cut down the km a bit.
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

Hi

Did anyone find out about an EU person with Swiss Permit working in Germany or Italy and living in Switzerland regarding the tax situation?
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

The easiest way would be to rent a small apartment/room in Germany so that his official address is there an then spend as much time as he wants in Zurich as a tourist. Much easier in terms of paperwork.
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The easiest way would be to rent a small apartment/room in Germany so that his official address is there an then spend as much time as he wants in Zurich as a tourist. Much easier in terms of paperwork.
This way, somebody loses his B-permit, right?
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This way, somebody loses his B-permit, right?
It would also mean paying taxes etc. in Germany, if you prefer to waste your own money instead of giving it to the German government to waste it then stay in CH...
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

Maybe we some sort of autoclose of threads where the last post is 2 years old?
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

so, he wants to work in germany and pay german taxes yet not benefit from the comparatively low cost of living there.

i think the kids today have a phrase for that: "Yer doin' it wrong."
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so, he wants to work in germany and pay german taxes yet not benefit from the comparatively low cost of living there.

i think the kids today have a phrase for that: "Yer doin' it wrong."
I'm sure he wanted to... 2 years ago
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

I know its an old thread, but nobody was able to provide any answer...

Im in the same situation and was wondering what the go is regarding visas and tax? From what Ive seen on the admin.ch site, the G visa is only one- directional (ie working in Switzerland, living in Germany), is there something for the other way around? I am an EU national and will be working just over the border in Germany but residing in Switzerland with my partner, who works in Zurich. I know, I know, it makes no financial sense, but thats just how it goes for my work and his. We have decided to live half way between the two, we're fine with the extra costs involved and commuting time, but Im just concerned about visas. Any help is much appreciated.
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Re: Living in Switzerland, working in Germany

For those of you with this challenge in the future, I thought Id let you know what I found out.

So I was looking at living in Kanton Thurgau and the Migrationsamt there told me that I could live in Switzerland and work in Germany if I earned more than 2200 Euros a month NETTO. They need a copy of your work contract to test your income to ensure that you have enough to cover Swiss living expenses. If you plan on living with a partner (in my case who has a B permit to work in CH, not married), then you can apply for some other permission that basically says that they agree to look after you and cover your costs, and for that they also will need to verify your partner's income is enough. They werent able to tell me exactly what "enough" was, claiming "it depends" because they take into account your income aswell.

Hope this helps and means a few less panic attacks for someone else out there!
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