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Tax and Legal

ZAZ Account: What Companies Should Know

In the world of international trade and logistics, the ZAZ account (Centralized Customs Settlement Procedure) is an indispensable tool for companies that regularly import or export goods across the Swiss border. It offers an efficient way to centrally settle customs duties and other fees. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know about the ZAZ account, from the basics to the benefits, and practical steps for opening such an account. Additionally, we will cover specific topics that will help you optimize the use of the ZAZ account and overcome common challenges.

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Tax Time: Do It Yourself or Hire an Expert?

Few people are excited by the prospect of the dreaded “tax season”. Filing taxes can be a complex and daunting task, especially for small businesses and freelancers navigating Swiss tax laws. While some may choose the do-it-yourself route to save costs, others might find hiring a tax advisor more beneficial for ensuring accuracy and optimizing tax liabilities. This article explores the pros and cons of both approaches, helping you decide whether to tackle tax returns on your own or seek professional assistance to save time and make the most of your financial situation.

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Overview of Acquisition Tax in Switzerland

The acquisition tax is an essential but often misunderstood element of the Swiss VAT system. It plays a significant role in international trade and services provided by foreign companies to businesses based in Switzerland. This article comprehensively explains the acquisition tax, its mechanism, legal framework, and provides practical examples for illustration.

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Trademark protection in Switzerland and abroad: protect your company name and trademark

In this blog, we explore the nature of intellectual property and its crucial role in the success of businesses. From patent protection to copyright and trademark law, we cover all aspects necessary to safeguard your creative achievements. Learn how trademarks protect start-ups from counterfeiting and how to effectively register and defend your intellectual property in Switzerland and beyond.

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What entrepreneurs need to know about withholding tax in Switzerland

If you run a company in Switzerland and employ foreign workers who are not tax residents of Switzerland (cross-border commuters) or who do not have a permanent residence permit (C permit), you need to understand how withholding tax works. This tax is deducted directly from income. Individuals who are living in Switzerland but do not have a permanent residence permit, as well as those who are not resident in Switzerland for tax purposes, are subject to withholding tax. Our blog post explains the finer points and details of withholding tax in Switzerland.

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Employee Gifts and Benefits in Kind: What to Consider from a Tax Perspective

The culture of showing appreciation towards employees through gifts and added benefits is on the rise in Switzerland. More companies are realizing the great potential of these practices in motivating their employees, enhancing satisfaction, and nurturing a positive work environment. However, if you are planning to gift your employees, you need to understand the income tax and VAT implications. In this article, we explore the topic of employee gifts and benefits in kind. We examine the differences between them, their advantages, and importantly, the various tax implications involved.

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New Stock Corporation Law: What are the Relevant Changes for SMEs?

The recently enacted stock corporation laws in Switzerland have brought about crucial changes to the existing regulations, some of which are especially relevant to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). These reforms aim to enhance capital flexibility, strengthen shareholder rights, and modernize rules for shareholder meetings to align with the digital era. In this blog, we outline the most significant changes to the law, and explain what you need to know about updating your company’s statutes during this critical transition period.

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Net Tax Rate Method

When calculating and declaring VAT in Switzerland, not all companies have to follow the conventional effective billing method. This blog explores the net tax rate method as an alternative to the effective billing approach. We outline what the net tax rate method is, who can use it, and how it works in practice. We also examine the relative advantages and disadvantages of this approach and conclude on when it makes sense to use it.

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Statutes of a Company: Understanding the Legal Framework for GmbH and AG

The backbone of a well-structured company is its statutes, or “articles of association”. These crucial founding documents establish the internal rules by which any company in Switzerland operates and guides its purpose. Drafting them for the first time or making a later alteration calls for the utmost care and expertise. In this blog, we provide a comprehensive explanation of what these statutes are and what information they should include. We also explore in detail what it takes to make changes to a company’s statutes after it has been incorporated.

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ANobAG: How to deal with social security contributions?

In an increasingly globalized world where “employment borders” are dissolving, more employees in Switzerland have foreign employers. There is nothing fundamentally illegal about employment arrangements like this, yet they do create additional complexities surrounding labor law and social security. In this blog, we explore these issues in depth, specifically how to deal with social security contributions for these types of employees, who are also known as ANobAG.

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