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.
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 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.
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%.
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 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.
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.