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The information in this brochure gives a general overview of taxation at federal level and in the canton of Geneva taking into account 2017 rates, unless otherwise indicated. It is aimed at readers with a sound knowledge of Swiss tax law and of the relevant legislation in Geneva and is intended as a source of reference material.
Our latest edition of EY's luxury and cosmetics financial factbook finds that contrary to the reduced M&A activities of Swiss watch brands, the watch component industry provides further potential consolidation opportunities due to anticipated transitional changes on the supply side and market pressure to increase the value add of a luxury watch.
On 6 September 2017, the Swiss Federal Council initiated the consultation on the revised corporate tax reform 17. Moreover, the Swiss Federal Tax Administration stated its position on the effects of the Automatic Exchange of information on voluntary disclosures. In this issue we will inform you about these and some further important tax developments.
The new EU Data Protection Regulation will take effect on 25 May 2018. Alongside enhanced documentation and reporting requirements for data processers, it also imposes draconian fines of up to 4% of the total worldwide annual turnover of groups, subject to a maximum of EUR 20 million. This article presents the implications of the new EU legislation for Swiss enterprises.
After the failure of the major revision of the company law launched at the end of 2005, the Swiss Federal Council (Bundesrat) revived the proposal in November 2014 and submitted a new slimmer preliminary draft for consultation on 23 November 2016. One of the key goals is to make the capital and incorporation requirements simpler and more flexible.
On 9 June 2017, the Swiss Federal Council discussed the cornerstones of the revised corporate tax reform (Tax Proposal 17) and assigned the Swiss Federal Department of Finance to prepare a draft bill for consultation until September 2017. In this issue of our quarterly newsletter we will inform you about these and further important tax developments.
The information in this brochure gives a general overview of taxation at federal level
and in the canton of Geneva taking into account 2017 rates, unless otherwise
indicated. It is aimed at readers with a sound knowledge of Swiss tax law and of the
relevant legislation in Geneva and is intended as a source of reference material.
On 1 January 2017 the new Swissness legislation entered into force. The background and aim of this legislation is to regulate more precisely the usage of the appellation of origin "Switzerland" along with the Swiss cross, and therefore to maintain over the long term the value of the "brand Switzerland.
On 17 June 2016, the Swiss Parliament adopted the Corporate Tax Reform III package to strengthen Switzerland's attractiveness as a business location. The cantons are now required to adjust their cantonal tax laws in accordance with the new legislation. In this issue of our quarterly newsletter we will inform you on this important topic and further current tax developments.
In our digitalized world, a week without new emerging events in the field of cybersecurity is very uncommon. Many organizations have already suffered cyber attacks or other security breaches. No organization can be 100% secure in today's hyper-connected, borderless world. A cybersecurity breach can have devastating effects - from direct financial loss and decrease of shareholder value to reputational damage and liability exposure.
On 27 September 2016, the SFTA has published a statement with respect to the use of digital signatures for safeguarding the integrity and authenticity of an electronic invoice on its homepage. For the first time, the SFTA explicitly states that digital signatures do not necessarily have to be used in order to ensure the authenticity and integrity of electronic invoices.
The interest margins of Swiss retail banks continue their downward trend, which started in 2007 and persisted into last year. Interest rates for loans and savings have been decoupled from the capital market interest rate. However, according to an EY analysis, there are first signs of negative interest rates being passed on to savers.
European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was released in 2016, and is due to come into effect on 25 May 25 2018. GDPR is a data protection law that dictates how organizations can collect, use and manage EU residents' personally identifiable information. This publication summarizes the highlights of the GDPR and what it will mean for businesses.