Knowledge

Why invest in Switzerland?

Switzerland has become a preferred destination for investorsdue to its taxation system, geographic and political position, low inflation, low unemployment rate as well as its competitive business environment. 

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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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Corporate tax reform measures announced in Switzerland

In June 2016, the Swiss parliament passed the final corporate tax reform package meant to strengthen Switzerland as a competitive business location for foreign companies or entrepreneurs. The tax reform plan (CTR III) includes several tax reform measures related to the federal and cantonal tax laws. 

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The Swiss VAT system

The Swiss VAT system is mostly in accordance with the European VAT Directive; however there are some important differences that need to be addressed, especially when it comes to foreign suppliers of goods and services

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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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