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Tax Update 2017

Developments in the field of taxation are progressing rapidly: at the Swiss level with company tax reform III and at the international level with the automatic and spontaneous exchange of information; the implementation of international directives to prevent harmful tax practices and the like. We inform our clients about innovations and help them to take the necessary measures for efficient and safe tax planning.

Corporate Tax

  • The Corporate Tax Reform III was rejected by the people. Our newsletter illustrates how things will continue.
  • Legal amendments and changes of practices regarding withholding taxes (DE) are less controversial.

Natural persons (DE)

  • The adjustment of the tax laws to the general provisions of the Criminal Code influences the limitation periods.
  • Company tax reform III provides for changes in the taxation of qualified participations.
  • The tax authority bears the burden of proof for offsetting in unclear cases.

Property taxes (DE)

  • The value added tax treatment in the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Land and Zurich and their solutions.
  • Financing as a relevant criterion of the Lex Koller: the Lex Koller also affects Swiss citizens.


  • The only important innovation in the area of VAT is the consideration of unsigned PDF invoices, that is, PDF invoices without digital signature are allowed for deductions.

International tax (DE)

  • New and revised state contracts lead to changes in the double taxation and tax information agreements.
  • International taxation: automatic and spontaneous information exchange will be a reality from 2018 - Rulings should be reviewed this year.
  • Amendments to the agreement on the exchange of country-specific reports.


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Capital Markets

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Insolvency Law

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Forderungsabtretungen im Konkurs – Worum geht es?

Wird über einen Schuldner der Konkurs eröffnet, so verliert er die Verfügungsmacht über sein...



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