05 July 2018

Relocation of business activities abroad: Tax consequences and risks

Businesses nowadays structure their value chain globally. In doing so entire operations, but sometimes only individual functions (sales activities, services provided etc.), can be transferred within a group; often across borders. Such relocations of functions within a group usually occur free of compensation and have so far rarely been taxed. Nevertheless, a cross-border business restructuring can already under the current legislation lead to tax consequences; particularly, if the transferring company is not compensated in line with market conditions.

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18 December 2017

Taxation of cryptocurrencies

Currently, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin ("BTC") is for the first time passing the threshold of USD 20,000 per BTC and setting a new record. The phenomenal rise in price of the BTC recently, but also the increased use of cryptocurrencies in daily life (e.g. purchasing BTC at Swiss Railway Company ticket vending machines or the paying for the services of the company register of the canton of Zug with BTC) has led to more and more people wanting to join the party. Accordingly the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies has greatly gained in importance.

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15 November 2016

Tax relief for start-up founders in Zurich

In future, new start-ups, i.e., their shares as part of the assets of the start-up founders  will be taxed only at net asset value "until representative business results are available". There is fierce international competition to stand out as a start-up hub. Swiss cities compete with Berlin, Singapore, London and, more recently, Barcelona, and regularly achieve high rankings as attractive locations. After successfully lobbying by the start-up scene, the canton of Zurich has now eliminated a serious tax hurdle.

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