Tax Reform: TRAF replaces Tax Proposal 17
Swiss voting population accepted tax reform package
On 19 May 2019, Swiss voters have approved the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF). It shall already enter into force on 1 January 2020.
The tax reform provides for an abolishment of the privileged tax regimes on cantonal level (holding, mixed and domiciliary company regime), the introduction of a patent box (both mandatory), an R&D super deduction, a notional interest deduction on surplus equity and exemptions for capital tax purposes (all at the discretion of the cantons). Further, the approved tax legislation will adjust the dividend taxation for individuals, the capital contribution principle, the lump-sum tax credit system as well as provide for an immigration step-up. At the same time, most cantons plan to significantly reduce their corporate income tax rates so that in many cantons tax rates between 12-14% (incl. direct federal tax) will be available.
With this tax reform, Switzerland implements an internationally accepted tax system and safeguards the appeal and competitiveness of Switzerland as a business location. The reform brings an unprecedented change to the Swiss corporate tax landscape and nearly all companies are affected by the most significant overhaul of the Swiss tax system in decades. The implementation period is short and the impact of the reform on taxpayers needs to be analyzed now to seize opportunities and avoid competitive disadvantage.
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Switzerland to hold public referendum on Swiss tax reform
(TRAF / Tax Proposal 17)
The National Council and the Council of States are in agreement. The tax losses of the necessary tax reform will be compensated by additional AHV financing.