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Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems? [EU nationals]

Hi all, been searching all the great topics all day (literally!) to find anything similar to our situation, but to no avail. So here goes -

We moved into Switzerland with all our belongings from the UK, done through a removal company, and all manifested properly to get through customs here.

We are now considering taking the plunge and buying a property in France (to escape horrendous rental costs here - another topic I think!).

But - if we move back into the EU with all our goods that came over from the UK (asides a washing machine and lawnmower bought here) do we need to manifest them all for customs, and more importantly, do we have to pay VAT on their value?

We would be doing this move on our own, so could transport things across the border ourselves if we didn't need to formally got through customs.

Also, if we do move into France does this then affect our Permit B status? My husbands work is based in Switzerland, and pays taxes locally.

One suggestion we got was to keep an address on the Switzerland side - is this possible/allowed?

HELP PLEASE!!!!!!

P.S. My first venture into postiing a topic - be gentle with my ramblings
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Old 10.10.2009, 19:07
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Re: Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems?

Hi Clola,

Welcome! I could not say anything regarding the VAT but, if you are both EU citizens, you should be able to live in France. Your husband will have to get a G permit though. If you are non-EU and your husband is, you could be resident in France as his dependant but you will have more hoops and loops to go through with the French authorities.

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Re: Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems?

Thanks WAI. We are both EU nationals, and meantime have the Permit B. I guess this would have to be surrendered if we moved across the border.
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Yes, that's right! They cancelled my B permit when I went to deregister from Switzerland.
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Re: Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems?

Anyone shed any light on the tax issue?
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Any news on the tax situation CC?
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Re: Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems?

Not sure whether this helps

G-Frontalier France/Vaud - weekly commute changing to daily
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Re: Live in France/Work in Switzerland - problems? [EU nationals]

We've just done exactly what you're planning. We had been living in Switzerland for a year. As long as your goods are more than six months old no tax implications. However, you MUST do a full manifest and declare at customs on both Swiss and French sides. I could recommend a reasonable moving company as the other restricting factor is the ALL goods being exported need to leave at the same time. Try not to list wines etc. As they will tax you ( The French -they did us on French wine most of which we had purchased in France and snuck over to GVA!!) see www.landerville.ch good rates but still not cheap cost us CHF3600 all in with packing and unpacking and using their plastic boxes option. As far a B permit goes, that has to be returned and changed to Frontalier permit. My daughter and I need NO permit as we are EU citizens living in the EU and are allowed up to three months at a time in Switzerland. Not sure whether having an address in GVA would be allowed or would help. If we could have afforded to keep an address in CH, we wouldn't have moved! In fact, we would. My wife is now 15-20 mins from office, school still same time frame, close to VitamParc, etc. Hope this helps. Didn't look at date of your post. Perhaps you've moved already??
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