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Importing a new car queries

Hi,

I have been searching various threads on this subject but maybe my situation might be different, then again, maybe its not.

I am currently in the Czech Republic and I bought a brand new car, only to find out 2 months later that I am now moving to a new job in Switzerland - I will start my new job in the new year.

As a direct result, I believe I am liable for import tax and VAT if the car is less than 6 months old.

My driver license will expire in Dec, and it is non-EU (Australian drivers license), I am planning to leave the car in the Czech Republic for a few months until I get my license sorted - Based on this, will I still be liable for tax after 6 months have passed? any alternatives to get around it? I am concerned that I will be facing a huge bill for something that I am unable to use as well. I also have over 7,000 klm clocked on the car if that is relevant.

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Old 14.11.2017, 15:39
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Hi,

I have been searching various threads on this subject but maybe my situation might be different, then again, maybe its not.

I am currently in the Czech Republic and I bought a brand new car, only to find out 2 months later that I am now moving to a new job in Switzerland - I will start my new job in the new year.

As a direct result, I believe I am liable for import tax and VAT if the car is less than 6 months old.

My driver license will expire in Dec, and it is non-EU (Australian drivers license), I am planning to leave the car in the Czech Republic for a few months until I get my license sorted - Based on this, will I still be liable for tax after 6 months have passed? any alternatives to get around it? I am concerned that I will be facing a huge bill for something that I am unable to use as well. I also have over 7,000 klm clocked on the car if that is relevant.

Thank you.
You need to have owned the car for 6 months before your Swiss residents permit was issued. You need said permit to start your job. As such, leaving the car behind for 6-12 months doesn't really make a difference, you'll still need to pay import charges.

Easiest solution is sell the car and buy another... as you've used it for a few months, you wont be able to claim the Czech vat back either...

M.
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See the Swiss customs website:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...val-goods.html

Declare it as part of your hoshold move. Once you import it get the relevant papers. AFAIK tax and duty is offset up to 2 years, and will be levied on the futurs value.
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See the Swiss customs website:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...val-goods.html

Declare it as part of your hoshold move. Once you import it get the relevant papers. AFAIK tax and duty is offset up to 2 years, and will be levied on the futurs value.
From your link:

Further the imported articles must have been used by you personally for at least 6 months and they have to be continued to be used by you after importation.

OP has only had the car for 2 months - if he/she is starting in January in Switzerland, that won't give the pre-required 6 months...

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From your link:

Further the imported articles must have been used by you personally for at least 6 months and they have to be continued to be used by you after importation.

OP has only had the car for 2 months - if he/she is starting in January in Switzerland, that won't give the pre-required 6 months...

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Only to import it duty and VAT free.

The two year tax waiver still applies.

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From your link:

Further the imported articles must have been used by you personally for at least 6 months and they have to be continued to be used by you after importation.

OP has only had the car for 2 months - if he/she is starting in January in Switzerland, that won't give the pre-required 6 months...

M.
The 6 months are relevant for a tax and duty free import.

See FAW linked above. O.k. see Germen/Italian/French version of the FAQ and use an online translator. DeepL.com will give the follwing:

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I have owned the car for less than six (6) months. Will I have to pay import taxes?

If the vehicle has been used abroad for less than six months, the vehicle can be used with a customs permit (form 15.30) for a maximum of two years from the first day of entry into Switzerland without customs clearance.

After the two-year period has expired, the vehicle must be either cleared (customs duties, automobile and VAT) or re-exported.
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The 6 months are relevant for a tax and duty free import.

See FAW linked above. O.k. see Germen/Italian/French version of the FAQ and use an online translator. DeepL.com will give the follwing:
Many thanks, I could swallow a 2 year arrangement and bring my overall cost down. I can deal with that.

Thanks everybody for your input/helpful advice.
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