Editorial for the special issue "Implementation of the STAF
At zsis we are pleased to be able to provide an overview of the implementation of the corporate tax reform in the individual cantons. The authors not only provide information on the reduction of the profit tax rate, but also highlight the change from tax privileges to ordinary corporate taxation. They also report on the other cantonal particularities.
Overview of STAF implementation at federal and cantonal level
Following an unprecedented legislative process, the Swiss people adopted the Federal Law on Tax Reform and OASI Financing (STAF) on 19 May 2019, thus restoring international acceptance of our tax system. In addition to the abolition of the special regulations for status companies, the introduction of the patent box, the regulation for hidden reserves at the start of tax liability and the approval of special deductions for research and development have helped to strike the right balance between international acceptance and maintaining the attractiveness of the tax location.
The implementation of the STAF in the cantons of Eastern Switzerland - selected topics of profit and capital taxation
The eastern Swiss cantons of St. Gallen (SG), Thurgau (TG), Appenzell Ausserrhoden (AR) and Appenzell Innerrhoden (AI) have implemented a number of changes in the taxation of profits and capital as part of the STAF as of 1 January 2020. The present article examines individual voluntary measures and measures not harmonized in the STAF. The analysis focuses on the adjustments in profit tax rates and capital tax, past and future tax relief, the additional deduction for research and development expenses, and a selection of special practical features.
Implementation of the STAF in the Canton of Zurich
Although the Canton of Zurich dealt with the implementation of the Federal Law on Tax Reform and OASI Financing ("STAF") at an early stage and issued various practice notes, various implementation issues still arose in the months following its entry into force. This article deals with the current implementation practice of STAF in the Canton of Zurich, with a focus on the change of status and deductions for self-financing. The practical application of the patent box and the research and development deduction is still subject to announcements by the Zurich tax office.
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.
Federal Council is against the widespread abolition of stamp duties
The Commission for Economic Affairs and Taxes (WAK-N) has proposed further steps to abolish stamp duties. These were rejected by the Federal Council at its meeting on 18 November 2020. However, it supports the demand to abolish the emissions tax. It also wants to abolish the turnover tax on domestic bonds as part of the planned withholding tax reform.
Federal Council adopts dispatches on the amendments to the DTAs with Liechtenstein, Malta and Cyprus
On 11 November 2020 the Federal Council adopted the Dispatches on the Protocols of Amendment to the double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Liechtenstein, Malta and Cyprus. The protocols implement the DTA minimum standards.
Federal Council puts revised law and ordinance on AIA into force
In the course of an examination of the Global Forum's audit of Switzerland, recommendations were made. The amendments take these into account and include in particular the abolition of the exemption for condominiums communities and an adjustment of the applicable due diligence obligations.
Federal Council adopts dispatch on the Federal Act on the Implementation of International Agreements in the Tax Field
On 4 November 2020, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the totally revised Federal Act of 1951 on the Implementation of Interstate Agreements of the Confederation for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (new: StADG).
Federal Council wants to exempt too-big-to-fail instruments of banks from withholding tax by the end of 2026
At its meeting on 28 October 2020, the Federal Council adopted a dispatch on the Federal Act on Withholding Tax with regard to the treatment of interest on too-big-to-fail instruments (TBTF).
Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer meets with Ticino government on the agreement with Italy on cross-border commuters
On 16 October 2020, Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer met with the Cantonal Government of Ticino and informed about the latest exchange with the Italian Ministry of Finance on the agreement with Italy on the taxation of cross-border commuters.
FTA publishes understanding agreement on the DTA with Liechtenstein
On 12 October 2020, the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) published a memorandum of understanding on the DTA with Liechtenstein concerning the treatment of income of FC Vaduz players resident in Switzerland under the DTA between Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Selected stumbling blocks from tax practice and outlook on the corporate tax reform (SV17 / or STAF)
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 3/4 June 2019 entitled "News on corporate tax law
Case studies on the basics of restructuring law, especially with regard to tax submission 17
Workshop on the occasion of the ISIS) seminar on 9 May 2019 entitled "Corporate Restructuring