Joint and several liability between spouses in tax law "So examine him who is eternally bound..."
"I'm living in separation and my ex-partner refuses to carry outstanding tax bills from our marriage. "Can the IRS require me to carry those bills on my own?" These and similar questions are common in tax consulting. The answer is "It depends." This article answers the relevant questions and analyses the differences in cantonal and municipal taxes.
Taxation of compensation payments from share certificates
This paper focuses on the income tax treatment of income from investments in classical index and basket certificates from equities. The focus is on the view of the investor resident in Switzerland who holds the products as part of her private assets.
Taxation of spouses in international relations
An "international" spouse relationship from a tax law perspective exists if only one spouse is subject to unlimited tax liability in Switzerland, while the other spouse has no or only limited tax liability in Switzerland. It must also be a legally and factually unseparated marriage. The taxation of such "international" spousal relationships is opposed by the addition of factors as prescribed by law. However, according to the established case law of the Federal Supreme Court, the latter - unlike in intercantonal relations - cannot create any tax liability in Switzerland.
The unsuccessful move from Binningen to Wollerau - The location of the parking spaces for a Maserati and a Ferrari must be taken into account when determining tax residence
In its ruling of 19 September 2019 (2C_170/2019), the Federal Supreme Court had to judge an unsuccessful move from Binningen to Wollerau. It confirmed the ruling of 14 November 2018 of the Basel-Landschaft Cantonal Court (810 18 59).
Adjustment SSK-KS 28: New calculation of the capitalization rate and clarification regarding start-up companies
The Swiss Tax Conference published an updated version of SSK-KS 28 on 3 November, which concerns the calculation of the capitalisation rate for determining the capitalised earnings value and a clarification of the practice for the valuation of start-up companies.
FTA publishes circular "Information sheet on withholding tax on substitute income
On 29 October 2020, the Federal Tax Administration published the circular "Instruction sheet on the withholding tax on substitute income" (2-186-D-2020-e). This leaflet has been completely revised in the course of the provisions on the revision of withholding tax that will come into force on 1 January 2021.
FTA publishes update to circular no. 37 "Taxation of employee shareholdings
On 30 October 2020, the FTA published an update to Circular Letter No. 37 "Taxation of Employee Participation".
FTA publishes circular "Interest rates in the area of direct federal tax for the 2021 calendar year / maximum pillar 3a deductions in the 2021 tax year".
On 22 October 2020, the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) published the circular "Interest rates in the area of direct federal tax for the calendar year 2021 / maximum pillar 3a deductions in the 2021 tax year".
Canton of Zurich: Amendment of the directive on the valuation of usufruct and periodic benefits for inheritance and gift tax purposes
The directive of the Finance Directorate of the Canton of Zurich on the valuation of usufruct and claims to periodic benefits for inheritance and gift tax purposes has been updated due to changes in life expectancy.
Deduction of professional expenses in the light of COVID-19 in the tax return 2020 (Canton of Zurich)
On September 9, 2020, the Cantonal Tax Office of Zurich published a notice according to which dependent employees can deduct their professional expenses (e.g. travel expenses between home and place of work and meals) in their 2020 tax return as they would have been incurred without COVID-19.
FTA publishes circular on flat rates for professional expenses and remuneration in kind 2021
The Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has published a circular entitled "Professional expense allowances and benefits in kind 2021 / Compensation for the consequences of cold progression in direct federal tax for the 2021 tax year".
Tax issues for natural persons as sellers
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 27 October 2020 entitled "Tax pitfalls in Mergers & Acquisitions transactions".
Tax challenges of partnerships
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 2/3 March 2020 entitled "Corporate Tax Law 2020".
Effects of inheritance and gift of real estate on income and wealth tax
Workshop from the ISIS) seminar of 28 November 2019 entitled "Tax Aspects of Estate Planning for Real Estate".
Possibilities and limits of tax planning for investments of natural persons - national and international
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS seminar on 9/10 September 2019 entitled "Tax planning in the area of conflict between cost optimisation, tax compliance and Good citizenship - opportunities and risks".