Taxation of international workers during the Covid 19 pandemic
René Matteotti, Peter Vogt and Natalja Ezzaini examine how the Swiss authorities dealt with the tax issues that arose as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, which involved international employees and their work in home offices.
Tax aspects of pension assets of internationally mobile employees
Employees are more mobile than ever. As a result, they often have occupational and private pension assets in several countries. The tax situation becomes confusing at the latest when a cross-border transfer or payment of these pension assets to the beneficiaries is to take place. This article first introduces the basics and presents the respective tax consequences in Switzerland with regard to the payout from the foreign pension forms on the basis of two cross-border practical examples.
STAF transitional rules from an international perspective
Developments in international tax law have increased rapidly in recent years. The BEPS project to combat base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), initiated by the OECD and the G20 countries, was the main trigger for this unprecedented dynamic. With a comprehensive package of measures consisting of 15 action points, the aim is to take international action against harmful tax competition and aggressive tax structuring and thus prevent undesirable profit reduction and profit shifting.
One Uber as a digital business location?
Based on the concrete example of Uber , the aim of this paper is to find answers to the following questions: Can users play a decisive role in the value creation of a company in the digital economy? And if so, how can they be used to address the challenges of taxation in the digital economy?
Memorandum of Understanding between Switzerland and France
In view of the fact that the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 are still topical, Switzerland and France have agreed that the mutual agreement signed on 13 May 2020 should remain in force until 30 June 2021.
Federal Council opens consultation on tonnage tax
At its meeting on 24 February 2021, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the Federal Act on the Tonnage Tax on Sea-going Ships. An introduction in Swiss tax law would be a targeted means of ensuring the competitiveness of Switzerland as a business location in the area of maritime shipping companies.
FTA publishes circulars Leaflets on withholding tax and DTA overviews
With the circular Merkblätter für die Quellenbesteuerung und Übersichten über die Doppelbesteuerungsabkommen dated 15 February 2021, the FTA provides information on changes to the double taxation agreements (DTAs), the various withholding tax information sheets and the associated DTA overviews as at 1 January 2021. The changes compared to the previous year (in particular DTA Netherlands) are marked accordingly in the enclosures.
FTA publishes FATCA final rulings
On 29 January 2021, the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) notified the issuance of final rulings pursuant to Art. 5 para. 3 lit. b FATCA Agreement.
Technical information "Withholding tax according to DTA" has been updated
The following documents have been updated:
FTA updates the publication "Tax burden in international comparison
The publication summarises the tax rates and tax ratios in various OECD countries. Among other things, it compares corporate tax rates, capital tax rates for companies, withholding tax rates, emissions and turnover taxes, VAT rates and the treatment of losses in 2020. In particular, the publication also contains various statements on the ratio of direct to indirect taxes.
FTA updates guidance on the standard for AEOI in tax matters
The FTA has updated the guidance on the standard for the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) in tax matters.
Reimbursement in international circumstances - current practice and problem areas
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 21 September 2020 entitled "Practical cases on withholding tax and outlook on current developments".
Current cases on intercantonal and international corporate tax law
Workshop from the ISIS) seminar on 2/3 March 2020 entitled "Corporate Tax Law 2020
Structuring of real estate assets with a view to estate planning
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar of 28 November 2019 entitled "Tax Aspects of Estate Planning for Real Estate".