As revealed in KPMG’s Swiss Tax Report 2017, no noteworthy shifts in tax rates were discernible for the past year as a whole. Following some minor cuts in 2016, indications this year are pointing to yet another unmistakable trend toward stagnating regular corporate tax rates. The circumstances regarding individual tax rates are similar.
The Swiss people voted “No” on the proposed Corporate Tax Reform III on 12 February 2017. What does this mean for Switzerland’s position on and implementation of BEPS? Generally speaking, there is very little or no direct impact, and in particular Action 13 with CbCR is not affected at all.
The corporate tax reform, recommended by Federal Council, Parliament and 25 cantonal governments, did not find a majority in the Swiss public. The demand of companies for restoration of legal certainty and the pressure of the EU on the abolishment of the cantonal tax status continues.