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Switzerland (7th Edition)

  • The jewel of Europe

    International Tax Review has partnered with several Swiss tax advisors to give you the key tax takeaways for the year ahead on everything from information exchanges, to tax incentives and audits

  • Switzerland’s 2019 push for corporate tax reform

    After Swiss tax reform failed to secure public support in 2017, lawmakers have revised key tenants to ensure it passes when it goes to a second referendum, this time in May 2019. Lenz & Staehelin’s Jean-Blaise Eckert and Frédéric Neukomm discuss the potential impact on corporations and shareholders.

  • Exchange of information developments in Switzerland

    Switzerland has accepted a greater number of exchange of information (EOI) requests from global actors since 2009, harmonising the otherwise private nation’s banking policies with the OECD’s more transparent standards. Lenz & Staehelin’s Jean-Blaise Eckert and Frédéric Neukomm discuss the changes.

  • Switzerland implements the Global Forum’s transparency recommendations

    Switzerland receives an unprecedented number of information exchange requests every year by foreign countries. Burckhardt Law’s Rolf Wüthrich explores how the private banking state is amending its exchange obligations around share rights and corporate ownership in a bid to harmonise its laws with international norms.

  • Tax incentives for businesses in Switzerland after tax reform

    As Switzerland harmonises its corporate tax regime with international standards, the number of available tax incentives for businesses will diminish, while the effective tax rate will rise. EY Switzerland’s Kersten Honold and Kilian Bürgi discuss how cantonal ‘tax holidays’ provide an alternative to maintain rates below 10%.

  • Swiss banks, value-adding, and tax suitable services

    Most banks make it a policy not to provide tax advisory services, even though there are no regulatory prohibitions to do so in Switzerland, the UK or US. But as tax considerations become increasingly important in any investment strategy, Deloitte Switzerland’s Brandi Caruso and Karim Schubiger discuss the viability of banks providing such an explicit value-add.

  • Withholding tax changes for Swiss debt issuance

    Withholding taxes are commonly applied in Switzerland to certain debt issues, even though many foreign jurisdictions have abolished such taxes. Bär & Karrer’s Christoph Suter and Susanne Schreiber discuss how Swiss issuers are increasingly limiting their tax exposure through foreign subsidaries and observing lender limits.

  • Swiss tax audits pivot to intellectual property

    As Switzerland passes wide-scale tax reform, local tax authorities are increasingly focusing on intangibles and intellectual property (IP) audits as part of a two-pronged approach in tackling tax evasion. Tax Partner’s Caterina Colling-Russo and René Matteotti discuss the focus.

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