Using a car as a tourist and the definition of residence

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Semmost
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Using a car as a tourist and the definition of residence

Post by Semmost » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:09 am

Hi,

I'm a Swedish citizen with a Swedish car, and I might spend a lot of time in Finland from now on. Sometimes it might end up at 6-8 months per year. My address, home, job, family and everything is in Sweden and most of my things are there as well, so in a way it's the fixed place that I return to for "personal reasons", but at the same time one could apparently consider Finland my permanent place of living due to how long I might be staying sometimes (https://www.vero.fi/en/individuals/vehi ... r_taxatio/). But maybe it won't be next year, so I'm not really eager to import it to Finland only to potentially have to import it back later... I consider myself a tourist since I haven't committed to moving to Finland, but I'm not really sure anymore how the authorities would define me. They don't give any examples of precedence either.

I read that it's fine as long as I don't actually USE it more than ~183 days per year (and I use it pretty rarely), "The vehicle is used for a maximum of 6 months during a period of 12 months." (https://www.vero.fi/en/individuals/vehi ... -vehicles/), but what does this mean exactly? I figured there must be a reason they use the word "used" and not e.g. "located". Does it have to be "decommissioned" ("liikennekäytöstäpoistettu"/"avställd") formally so that if anyone would ask, I can show my history of putting the car off from the Swedish transport agency to prove that I haven't used it more than those ~182 days?
Does anybody have any experience with either of these issues?

Thanks in advance!



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Re: Using a car as a tourist and the definition of residence

Post by betelgeuse » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:54 pm

Semmost wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:09 am
I'm a Swedish citizen with a Swedish car, and I might spend a lot of time in Finland from now on. Sometimes it might end up at 6-8 months per year. My address, home, job, family and everything is in Sweden and most of my things are there as well, so in a way it's the fixed place that I return to for "personal reasons", but at the same time one could apparently consider Finland my permanent place of living due to how long I might be staying sometimes (https://www.vero.fi/en/individuals/vehi ... r_taxatio/). But maybe it won't be next year, so I'm not really eager to import it to Finland only to potentially have to import it back later... I consider myself a tourist since I haven't committed to moving to Finland, but I'm not really sure anymore how the authorities would define me. They don't give any examples of precedence either.
When in doubt: "You can request the Tax Administration to issue a decision on what country is your country of permanent residence based on the account provided. The decision is valid for a maximum of one year at a time. The decision is free of charge."
Semmost wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:09 am
I read that it's fine as long as I don't actually USE it more than ~183 days per year (and I use it pretty rarely), "The vehicle is used for a maximum of 6 months during a period of 12 months." (https://www.vero.fi/en/individuals/vehi ... -vehicles/), but what does this mean exactly? I figured there must be a reason they use the word "used" and not e.g. "located". Does it have to be "decommissioned" ("liikennekäytöstäpoistettu"/"avställd") formally so that if anyone would ask, I can show my history of putting the car off from the Swedish transport agency to prove that I haven't used it more than those ~182 days?
Does anybody have any experience with either of these issues?
In MyTax it's possible to ask this question from the tax administration directly with the messaging function. If you don't have access (or access through someone else who can ask the question), they have a dedicated phone line for car taxation.


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