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Importing a car that was gifted

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Apologies if this has been asked, but I did have a good search and couldn't find anything.



My girlfriend is planning on moving to Zurich and is going to bring her car, which was recently gifted to her by her older sister who has upgraded to a larger model. At the moment the papers are still in her sisters name, and my girlfriend simply has a document from her sister stating that she has permission to drive it (to prove it isn't stolen).



They are in the process of sorting out transfering the papers and it occured to me that there could be some complications regarding importing the car into Switzerland, since technically my girlfriend will have owned it for less than 6 months (and I assume this will be reflected on the papers). Does this mean that she is liable to pay the importation tax? Since it was a gift and thus my girlfriend didn't pay anything for it, how would this work? 4% of 0 is 0, but I wouldn't fancy trying to explain to customs that this car is valued at 0 CHF .



Any advise would be appreciated!
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Re: Importing a car that was gifted

They care about the actual value of the car, if the price paid is far off actual value they'll decide the value.
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Good afternoon all,



Apologies if this has been asked, but I did have a good search and couldn't find anything.



My girlfriend is planning on moving to Zurich and is going to bring her car, which was recently gifted to her by her older sister who has upgraded to a larger model. At the moment the papers are still in her sisters name, and my girlfriend simply has a document from her sister stating that she has permission to drive it (to prove it isn't stolen).



They are in the process of sorting out transfering the papers and it occured to me that there could be some complications regarding importing the car into Switzerland, since technically my girlfriend will have owned it for less than 6 months (and I assume this will be reflected on the papers). Does this mean that she is liable to pay the importation tax? Since it was a gift and thus my girlfriend didn't pay anything for it, how would this work? 4% of 0 is 0, but I wouldn't fancy trying to explain to customs that this car is valued at 0 CHF .



Any advise would be appreciated!
Yes import duties in full on perceived market value.
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Old 05.03.2020, 14:27
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Re: Importing a car that was gifted

They will look up the value, and tax it based on that.

Best to get a receipt for an amount on the low end of the scale.

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Re: Importing a car that was gifted

Some advice:
- do not create an invoice for a transaction that has not actually taken place (i.e. no fake purchase invoice);
- keep in mind that if your exporting(importing) the car, you will be filing paperwork and that if the car has been "gifted" there might be a gift tax (Schenkungssteuer) involved;
- get a valuation of the car (there are online services for that, or go to a garage) and keep that with your paperwork.
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Re: Importing a car that was gifted

Massive thanks to everyone.



I had a feeling this might be the case, but ultimately it's not the end of the world; for once having an old and cheap car pays off ! I used one of the valuation webpages and in total it should only be around 600 francs.

Whilst I have your collective ears (though I might post a new thread if neccessary), what are the rules regarding secondary drivers of cars that are still registered abroad? Whilst she finishes up her contract over the border my girlfriend is driving over to visit. We are doing road trips etc, and according to what I've read i should not be driving the car as I am already a resident of Switzerland and they would consider that an importation? (https://www.ch.ch/en/driving_foreign_car_across_border/). We are being careful and my girlfriend is doing all of driving (more beers for me!), but it would be nice to share the workload a bit. My other worry was that if I ever drove it without her they might bang me up for grand theft auto!


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Re: Importing a car that was gifted

you're going to try to import a car worth 600chf??? have you read any of the car import threads????
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you're going to try to import a car worth 600chf??? have you read any of the car import threads????

Apologies, I was unclear. I meant the tax would only be 600 CHF - not the total value.
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