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Old 10.03.2020, 16:34
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

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The question there is simply whether the date runs from their original entry (on an EU passport so potentially without registering at all) or the date their permit is issued. They're assuming the latter, which seems reasonable.
It does not matter what they deem reasonable what matters is the law, since it is very simple and clear that the only date that counts is the date the residency moved. On what date a permit is issued is not relevant. They need an address to be able to apply for a permit, so the date they registered themselves as living on that address counts.
Also you don't apply for residency, one applies for the permit, the residency is nothing more or less than passing city hall and register at the address.

So I am asking a very simple question that they simply can answer with a yes or a no.
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

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It does not matter what they deem reasonable what matters is the law, since it is very simple and clear that the only date that counts is the date the residency moved. On what date a permit is issued is not relevant. They need an address to be able to apply for a permit, so the date they registered themselves as living on that address counts.
Also you don't apply for residency, one applies for the permit, the residency is nothing more or less than passing city hall and register at the address.

So I am asking a very simple question that they simply can answer with a yes or a no.

I don't think this is necessarily correct but I'm not going to go to the trouble to explain why.
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

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It does not matter what they deem reasonable what matters is the law, since it is very simple and clear that the only date that counts is the date the residency moved. On what date a permit is issued is not relevant. They need an address to be able to apply for a permit, so the date they registered themselves as living on that address counts.
Also you don't apply for residency, one applies for the permit, the residency is nothing more or less than passing city hall and register at the address.

So I am asking a very simple question that they simply can answer with a yes or a no.

Hi EdwinNL, we registered at the municipality on the 27th of February, and we bought the car somewhere in September, I don't recall the exact date.
May you provide me with a link to the french version of the law you are mentioning? It is not productive, in my opinion, to argue without actually checking the law (I am a lawyer myself), so if the law clearly states that the date for VAT purposes is counted from the registration at the municipality, we may not comply with the 6 months period of ownership.
Nevertheless, the registration at the municipality should be a declaration of intent to reside in Switzerland - it does not mean I am a resident yet. That should justify why, for example, I am not able to have a bank account yet. Having an address in Switzerland should not be automatically considered as residency, as I am able to live in Switzerland for 3 months (with possible extension) without becoming a legal resident. That would imply other consequences, namely for tax purposes.
Anyway! Too much blabber already I'll also search for the legal basis on the VAT exemption in the meantime.
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

See here.

Practice and your experience elsewhere is of no importance. The sooner you realise this the easier your move will be and the sooner you'll arrive (mentally speaking).
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

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It is not productive, in my opinion, to argue without actually checking the law

Welcome to EF. It's a virtual version of arguing with the winos at the train station.


The date is the date the residency moved, this is correct. How that is defined is up to you to convince the particular guard on the day.
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Re: Costs of importing own car (more than 6 months) from EU-CH

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See here.

Practice and your experience elsewhere is of no importance. The sooner you realise this the easier your move will be and the sooner you'll arrive (mentally speaking).

Thank you, I also found that information last week (shame it does not show the applicable law but oh well ). From what it is mentioned there, as an EU-citizen, I don't have to present the residence permit, as the employment contract will suffice.
In this sense, I concluded that, as per the official website of the government, it is not necessarily the date of declaration of registration for residency at the municipality that will serve as base to determine the 6 months ownership of the vehicle and VAT exemption.
In any case, we are talking about more or less 5 days so, in the end, it's a matter of what it is said in the post below: it will depend on the guard that we will get at the time we import the car.
If the thread is still open by then, I can keep you guys posted on how it turned out.
Have a nice week everyone!
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