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Dividend tax in Switzerland

Taxes in Switzerland are levied at federal, cantonal and local level. Dividends and interests are a subject of the withholding tax, at a rate of 35%, however the withholding tax can be deducted in full, under certain conditions. 

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Cost of living in Switzerland

The cost of living in Switzerland is among the highest in the world, with the main cities Geneva and Zurich being named in a 2015 study among the most expensive cities in the world. 

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The Swiss Patent Box

The Corporate Tax Reform III has been approved by the Swiss Parliament. This tax reform was created in order to preserve Switzerland’s attractiveness as a location for multinational companies that want to take advantage of a more relaxed taxation. 

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Incentive programs for small businesses in Switzerland

Switzerland is offering one of the most competitive business environments, not only on European level, but also globally. This is a consequence of the business – friendly strategy adopted by the Swiss government. 

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Double Taxation Treaty between Switzerland and USA

The United States of America and the Swiss Confederation have signed a convention regarding the avoidance of double taxation concerning income taxes, which became effective on January 1 1998. 

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Tax deductions in Switzerland

The calculation of the tax rates in Switzerland is based on the net income of the taxpayer. Like in most other countries, there are several tax deductions that can be made when a tax declaration is filed. These will reduce the taxable income and consequently the amount of tax that needs to be paid.

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