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Frequent Asked Questions about Swiss Company Formation

Updated on Monday 25th April 2016

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Frequently-Asked-Questions-Company-Formation-Switzerland.jpg1. Can a foreigner open a company in Switzerland?

 
Yes. Foreign investors can base their companies in Switzerland and benefit from the same business options as local entrepreneurs.
 

2. What are the types of companies that can be incorporated in Switzerland?

 
The following types of companies are available for incorporation in the country:  the limited liability company, the corporation, partnerships, sole proprietorship.
 

3. Does the company need to have an office in Switzerland?

 
Yes. The company incorporated in Switzerland will need a registered office based in the country.
 

4. What are the steps for company incorporation in Switzerland?

 
Investors who want to open a company in Switzerland need to choose the appropriate business type, choose a unique company name and open a bank account for the firm, prepare all the company documents are register the new legal entity with the Swiss Trade Register. Businesses will also need to be registered for VAT purposes in most cases.
 

5. What is the minimum share capital in Switzerland?

 
The minimum share capital depends on the type of company: the limited liability company required a start-up capital of at least 20,000 CHF while the corporation needs a larger amount, of at least 100,000 CHF. The sole proprietorship has no requirements for the minimum share capital.
 

6. What are the requirements for opening a bank account in Switzerland?

 
The company needs a bank account where the minimum share capital is deposited. The account can be opened at a Swiss bank using several basic documents: the Articles of Association and the Business Registration document will usually be requested.
 

7. Do you need special permits and licenses in Switzerland?

 
Yes. Certain types of business activities need special permits, apart from the mandatory business registration. Our company registration consultants in Switzerland can help you obtain them and also apply for work permits if you are an employer wishing to hire foreign employees.
 

8. What are the taxes for companies in Switzerland?

 
Taxes for companies in Switzerland are imposed on a federal and cantonal level. The federal tax rate has a value of 8.5% and is levied on net income. A stamp duty, transfer tax and real property tax (in some cantons) also apply.
 

9. How fast can you start a new business in Switzerland?

 
The company incorporation process usually taxes around 10 days.
 

10. What are the reasons to invest in Switzerland?

 
Switzerland has a stable economy and offers a good business environment. The taxation system is convenient and the country is renowned for its professional banking system as well as banking secrecy. The country has a very well developed infrastructure and highly qualified workforce.
 
If you would like to know more about how to open a company in Switzerland you can contact our company registration specialists in Switzerland
 
 
 

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