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Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland is a prestigious European jurisdiction. It has one of the leading positions in the rankings in terms of development of financial markets, the level and quality of life, health care system, the dynamics of development of the various business areas, the implementation of business processes innovation.

The advantages of doing business in Switzerland:
Confidentiality. Despite the fact that local authorities have recently adopted a law that requires financial institutions at the request of the tax authorities to reveal information about individuals who are suspected of tax evasion, bank secrecy still remains closed in Switzerland.

Currency. Swiss Franc is one of the world’s reserve currency.
Agreement for the avoidance of double taxation. Switzerland has signed with other countries more than 50 agreements that provide the possibility of the exchange of tax information in the order of the official request.

Reasonable tax system. Taxes for residents and non-resident Swiss enterprises are lower than, for example, in Germany or France that are the same prestigious European jurisdictions.

The tax rates in Switzerland dependent on residence, the legal form of the company, as well as its level of income. Depending on the geography of the company, the enterprises pay:

  • Federal tax – 8.5%;
  • Cantonal taxes that can be up about 20%. Switzerland includes 26 separate sovereign entities (cantons), that have its own terms of taxation;
  • Municipal taxes – up to 45%.

Tax gradations and benefits. Holding companies and enterprises such as mixed trading companies in Switzerland have certain advantages comparing with the others. It allows them effectively to participate in the schemes of tax optimization.

De domicile (domiciliary company) it is non-resident company that does not carry on business on the territory of jurisdiction and is subject to federal tax at a rate of only 8.5%. Among domiciliary companies are also companies that receive less than 20% of income from work in Switzerland and the rest of the income for the commercial activities outside the jurisdiction. Each canton sets its own restrictions on such commercial transactions, but in most cases this threshold does not exceed 20%. Such companies can be called a kind of analogue of the offshore company, but only in prestigious European state.

Service Enterprise. So-called service company is used for maintenance of the parent company’s operations and is subject of 10% tax on all office expenses. As a rule, service companies are the overseas offices of international companies.

Basic organizational and legal forms of companies in Switzerland:

Limited Liability Company Subsidiary
Joint-Stock Company Unlimited Liability Partnership
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