Extraterritorial change of status through the introduction of the Income Inclusion Rule
With the introduction of the Income Inclusion Rule (IIR), Switzerland must in future also tax previously untaxed hidden reserves and goodwill of low-taxed or non-taxed foreign subsidiaries upon realisation that were created before 1 January 2024. This will result in a change of status analogous to STAF. This paper is a thought experiment on whether this change of status would not also have to result in a step-up for profit tax purposes from a constitutional and tax system point of view.
Tax offences as predicate offences to money laundering - Key takeaways for practitioners
Art. 305bis(1bis) of the Swiss Criminal Code entered into force on 1 January 2016, introducing aggravated tax misdemeanours as predicate offences to money laundering. Though highly debated at the time of its introduction, courts have been noticeably quiet on this provision in the years that followed. This article will analyse the developments since its adoption, outline the legal questions remaining open and forecast what the future may hold for this provision.
Implementation of the tax reform and AHV financing (STAF) in the canton of Solothurn and first practical experiences
With the adoption of the STAF by the Swiss electorate on 19 May 2019, the cantonal tax privileges were abolished in all cantons as of 1 January 2020 and replaced by instruments that are internationally accepted. While the Solothurn electorate approved the STAF at federal level with 58.6% of the vote, it simultaneously rejected the first cantonal proposal to implement the STAF, which would have provided for a significant reduction in the profit tax rate, with 51.4% of the vote. In the second proposal, which was accepted by the electorate, it was possible to agree on a less extensive, but still substantial, reduction of the profit tax rate. For the city of Solothurn, for example, the effective profit tax rate for legal entities will be 15.29% from 2022 (previously: 21.23%). In addition to this reduction in the profit tax rate and the legislative changes prescribed by the Federal Act on the Harmonisation of Direct Taxes of the Cantons and Municipalities (StHG), individual provisions of the Tax Act were adapted to the new accounting law with the implementation of the STAF in the Canton of Solothurn and accompanying measures were adopted in the area of natural persons.
Value-added tax: What can be expected in 2019 and 2020?
This video gives us an insight into all the issues that will accompany us in 2019 and 2020 in the national and international VAT area.
FTA updates legislative and ordinance changes 2023-2025
The FTA has updated the lists of legislative and ordinance amendments in the area of direct federal tax, value added tax, withholding tax and stamp duties. The list contains amendments to enactments in tax and duty law.
Federal Council adopts dispatch on the total revision of the Customs Act
At its meeting on 24 August 2022, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the total revision of the Customs Act.
Federal Council opens consultation on ordinance on minimum taxation of large corporate groups
On August 17, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the Ordinance on the Minimum Taxation of Large Corporate Groups (Minimum Taxation Ordinance, MindStV).
Federal Council opens consultation on the amendment of the VAT Act and the amendment of the VAT Ordinance
At its meeting on 29 June 2022, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the amendment of the VAT Act and the amendment of the Ordinance on the Business Identification Number. In the future, the STV will be able to automatically report to the Federal Statistical Office sole proprietorships without an entry in the commercial register but with a VAT turnover of at least CHF 100,000. This will make it easier for commercial register authorities to check entries.
Federal Council opens consultation on the amendment of the Value Added Tax Ordinance
At its meeting on June 29, 2022, the Federal Council opened the consultation on the amendment of the VAT Ordinance. In the future, registration and billing for value added tax (VAT) will be done electronically.
The Confederation regulates the implementation of the OECD minimum tax in Switzerland
In order to implement the OECD/G20 project on the taxation of the digital economy, the Federal Council proposes a supplementary tax, with 25% of the revenue going to the Confederation and 75% to the cantons and municipalities.
Deduction for health insurance premiums to be increased
At its meeting on 22 June 2022, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on increasing the deductions for insurance premiums and interest on savings capital for direct federal tax.
Seminar folder ISIS)-Seminar "Change of Status, Patent Box and R&D Effort in Practice" (2021)
Case studies, detailed solutions and slides: Here you will find all documents (workshops and presentations) according to the following description from the ISIS seminar "Status change, patent box and R&D expenditure in practice" on 21 September 2021 under the direction of René Matteotti and Jürg B. Altorfer.
Withholding taxes - What to focus on in the new law?
Workshop by Birgitte Zulauf and Abramo Lo Parco on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 13/14 September 2021 entitled "Employee compensation in tax and social security law".
Practical questions due to the withholding tax revision from the employee's point of view
Workshop by Patrick Meier and Dirk Hangarter on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 31 August 2021 entitled "Withholding Tax Reform: Implications for Practice".