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Types of Taxes in Switzerland

Updated on Monday 25th April 2016

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Types-of-Taxes-in-Switzerland.jpgThe types of taxes in Switzerland can be divided into federal taxes and cantonal and municipal taxes. In order to avoid overlapping taxation Switzerland has concluded almost 50 double taxation agreements with other countries so that foreign investors are protected from double taxation.
 
If you want to open a company in Switzerland, our experts can help you know everything about the taxation laws.
 

1. Direct federal taxes

 
The direct federal taxes are as follows:
- the taxes on income: personal income tax and corporate tax;
- the withholding tax;
- the federal casino tax;
- the military and civil service exemption tax.
 

2. Federal taxes on goods and services

 
The federal taxes on goods and services are the following:
- the VAT tax
- stamp duties;
- the tobacco tax;
- the beer tax;
- the tax on distilled spirits;
- the mineral oil tax;
- the motor vehicle tax;
- the motorway vignette;
- the distance-related heavy vehicle fee;
- customs duties.
 

3. Direct cantonal and municipal taxes

 
Direct cantonal and municipal taxes in Switzerland include:
- taxes on income and on net wealth: income taxes, withholding of tax at source, expenditure based taxation, poll tax, wealth tax, corporate income tax and tax on equity;
- inheritance and gift taxes;
- lottery income tax;
- immovable property gains tax;
- real estate tax;
- real estate transfer tax;
- cantonal casino tax;
- trade tax.
 

4. Cantonal and municipal taxes on goods and services

 
Cantonal and municipal taxes on goods and services include:
- taxes on motor vehicles;
- dog taxes;
- entertainment tax;
- stamp and registration duties;
- water duty;
- lottery tax;
- visitor’s tax.
 
Our company registration consultants in Switzerland can give you complete details about these taxes and their applicable rates. We can also help you with tax minimization services.
 
The tax period and the assessment period in Switzerland coincide and are generally the same as the calendar year (mostly for individuals).
 
You can contact our company registration agents in Switzerland for more details about doing business in Switzerland.
 
 

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