Why should you choose SIGTAX
Our firm is able to set up this entire process and to manage the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs who are interested in the formation of a company in Switzerland. We offer the best solutions in order to make this process as simple, quick and easy as possible for all our clients.
Taxation for Swiss Companies
There are several types of companies that can be registered in Switzerland, depending on the business activities conducted, on the legal form and on the business purpose. That is one of the main reasons why it is recommended to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each legal form before deciding which structure is best for Swiss businesses.
Given the federal structure in Switzerland, there is no centralized fiscal system, some taxes being perceived exclusively by federal authorities, while other taxes are perceived at the cantonal, communal and federal level. Although the tax rate perceived at a federal level is fixed, the perceived cantonal taxation level varies depending on the canton.
Holding companies are exempt from cantonal income tax and pay a reduced rate (0.02 ‰) of capital tax.
Investment companies are granted a tax reduction at cantonal level for significant investments in other companies, similar to the participation deduction.
Management companies are proportionally taxed for revenues from foreign sources, depending on the extent of the activity. Income from investments in other companies is exempt from taxes.
Mixed companies are taxed according to various regulations, which allow for significant tax deductions.
Principal companies can claim a deduction at the level of direct federal tax for business conducted outside Switzerland.
Is preferred by business entrepreneurs, who have a Swiss company registration in mind for larger business structures, unlike small and medium-sized businesses, who prefer a limited liability company. This type of Swiss company has a similar structure to a corporation. Here are some additional details about the Swiss AG.
The Swiss GmbH
(Private Limited Liability Company) is the type of Swiss business whose social obligations are guaranteed by the social patrimony. Associates are only responsible for their contribution. The basis for the constitution of the Swiss GmbH is represented by the trust and the reliability of the associates. Find out more about the Swiss GmbH.
The sole proprietorship
Is a type of legal structure that is used by entrepreneurs or professionals interested in registering a Swiss business which allows them to conduct commercial activities in Switzerland. Company registration in Switzerland is required only if the annual turnover exceeds a certain amount.
More on the Swiss sole proprietorship here.
The Swiss verein
Is a type of legal structure that is recognized under Swiss laws in a similar manner to the voluntary association under U.S. law. A Swiss verein is an excellent solution to present a global brand while allowing the firms that are part of the verein to maintain their statute as separate legal entities. It is used mainly by multinational professional services providers in order to limit their accountability.
Swiss holding companies
Offer a series of advantages for those interested in setting up a Swiss business or in Swiss company registration. Swiss holding companies benefit from a favorable tax regime, as well as from important deductions under the Swiss taxation. Find out more about the benefits of Swiss holding companies.
Are used mainly by international corporations or groups that conduct most of their business operations outside of Switzerland. Management companies benefit from certain taxation advantages in Switzerland as well as from consolidating a strong presence as a Swiss business. Additional details on the advantages of management companies.
Are used for company formation in Switzerland because they are best suited for corporations that have most of their business activities abroad and any type of business conducted in Switzerland is only of secondary nature. The taxable profit for this type of Swiss company is established in accordance with the divisional calculation. Find out more about the tax advantages of Swiss mixed companies.
Are formed as legal structures in Switzerland as following: general partnerships which reunite at least two individuals residents of Switzerland sharing the same economic purpose, or limited partnerships where at least one of the partners has full liability while the other is liable only up to the contribution brought to the respective partnership.
AG (Aktiengesellschaft) – 在瑞士，建立一家股份公司(AG/SA/LTD) 至少需要一名股东，最低100,000瑞士法郎的股份资本（支付20%，最少50,000瑞士法郎）。其成员的责任是以他们所投入的资本为限。管理是由董事会和董事会指定的经理来完成。投资者必须了解到，其中一名经理必须是瑞士居民。如果有必要，SIG Fiduciaire可以为您提供瑞士股东。
GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung) – 并购一个GmbH（瑞士有限责任公司）。在瑞士，成立一家有限责任公司最少需要两名股东，最低注册资本20,000瑞士法郎，其成员的责任以他们所投入的资本为限。其管理是由股东大会和一名或者多名董事完成，其中最少有一名必须是瑞士居民。
Sole proprietorship – established by a private individual resident in Switzerland for commercial activities. No minimum share capital is required. The company must be entered in the Commercial Register if the annual turnover exceeds 100,000 CHF.
General Partnership – formed by at least two individuals residents in Switzerland, with the same economic purposes and under the same name. This partnership does not require a minimum share capital.
Limited Partnership – formed by at least one partner who has the full liabilityand at least one partner with limited liability up to the contribution brought to the partnership.
Steps for company formation
- Prepare shareholder's documents.
- Opening a blocked capital account with a Swiss bank
- Depositing the share capital
- Receiving the capital certificate from the Swiss bank
- Setting up a registered office in Switzerland
- Applying for business registration (all the documents are signed by a Swiss notary and then sent to the Register of Commerce)
- Receiving the registration certificate
- Providing statutory documents to the client
Why should you open a company in Switzerland?
- Switzerland has one of the most competitive economies in Europe
- The taxation system is very competitive and foreign companies can benefit from various tax incentives
- Well-developed infrastructure
- Pro-business environment created by the Swiss government
- Highly educated and trained labor force
- Switzerland has double taxation treaties with various countries all over the world
- Solid monetary security policies and excellent banking system