Home office and the cross-border commuter agreement with Italy
Today, around 85,000 Italian residents work in the border cantons of Ticino, Grisons and Valais. The cross-border commuter agreement concluded with Italy is of great importance especially for the canton of Ticino with its approximately 75,000 cross-border commuters, of which around 66,000 are considered cross-border commuters within the meaning of the agreement.
Cross-border commuter regulation Switzerland-Liechtenstein
The double taxation agreement between Switzerland and Liechtenstein contains a special rule for cross-border commuters, according to which the income from employment earned in the State of activity is allocated to the State of residence for taxation. If, on the other hand, an employee in a cross-border context does not meet the criteria established for cross-border commuters, the earned income is allocated for taxation to the State of activity and the State of residence on a pro rata basis in accordance with the general principles. Against this background, employers who employ cross-border commuters from Liechtenstein or Switzerland have different clarification and declaration obligations.
Tax pitfalls in the dissolution of a community of preferential heirs
Particularly from a tax law perspective, caution is required with such conversions or investments, as a community of anticipated heirs could qualify as a simple partnership under tax law, the dissolution of which would result in the settlement of deferred real estate gains tax. The members of a community of anticipated inheritance are often not aware of these tax consequences.
Charitable foundations - explosive tax law issues
Legal entities that meet the respective requirements of Art. 56 lit. e, g and h of the Federal Law on Direct Federal Tax (DBG) generally benefit from a subjective tax exemption. If legal entities are subjectively tax-exempt due to the pursuit of charitable purposes, according to Art. 56 lit. g DBG, the acquisition and management of "significant capital investments in companies" are only permitted under restrictive conditions. The Federal Supreme Court recently had to assess the question under which circumstances the holding of a significant equity interest in an operating company by a charitable foundation precludes a subjective tax exemption.
Consultation agreement between Switzerland and Germany
The State Secretariat for International Financial Matters SIF announced on 13 April 2023 that the competent authorities of Switzerland and Germany have concluded a consultation agreement on the application of Article 15(4) of the double taxation agreement between Switzerland and Germany.
FTA - Life annuities will be taxed flexibly as of 2025
The taxation of life annuities in pillar 3b will be flexibly adjusted to the investment conditions when it comes into force on January 1, 2025.
Consultation agreement between Switzerland and Germany concerning withholding taxes
The State Secretariat for International Financial Matters SIF announces that the competent authorities of Switzerland and Germany have concluded a consultation agreement on the procedure for relief from German withholding taxes on dividends, interest and royalties under the double taxation agreement between Switzerland and Germany.
Federal Council opens consultation for new regulation of professional costs
At its meeting on December 21, 2022, the Federal Council opened the consultation process for a new regulation of professional costs.
Maximum Pillar 3a deductions in tax year 2023
The tax deduction under the tied pension plan (pillar 3a) was adjusted for the tax year 2023 and amounts to:
FTA publishes tax statistics for individuals and legal entities 2019
On November 3, 2022, the FTA published the 2019 tax statistics.
FTA publishes interest rates for direct federal tax 2023
On October 13, 2022, the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) published the - unchanged - interest rates for the 2023 direct federal tax:
Non-punishable voluntary disclosure and its pitfalls
"Workshop by Peter Hösli and Nadia Tarolli Schmidt on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar of 09 May 2023 entitled "Impunity Self-Disclosure and its pitfalls".
Criminal tax proceedings
"Workshop by Oliver Appenzeller and Mark Cagienard on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar of 09 May 2023 entitled "Criminal Tax Proceedings".
Intent and negligence
"Workshop by Daniel Holenstein on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar of 09 May 2023 entitled "Intent and Negligence".