Switzerland

Geneva – an important step towards the tax reform

On 31 January 2019, the Grand Council of Geneva adopted the cantonal project for the implementation of the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AVS Financing (TRAF). It introduces minor changes compared to the initial project and confirms the massive decrease of the corporate income tax rate to 13.99%.
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Swiss immigration – beware of new language requirements!

Effective 1 January 2019 the revised Swiss Federal Act on Foreign Nationals and Integration (FNIA) was enacted. One of the most remarkable changes is the new language requirement for work and residence permits.
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Brexit and Switzerland: 10 employment & immigration considerations

As the UK’s EU departure deadline draws closer, there are still many open questions. Switzerland and the UK provide for more certainty in a bilateral citizens’ rights agreement, however. We explore 10 aspects of employment and immigration in a post-Brexit environment.
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Basel-Stadt votes yes to tax reform and remains tax-attractive

On 10 February 2019, the Basel-Stadt electorate voted by a large majority of 78.8% to adopt the "Basel compromise on tax proposal 17". The canton is proactively implementing the harmonization provisions of the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF).
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Lessons learned in new Swiss job registration requirement

The new Swiss job registration requirement entered into force on 1 July 2018. Since then, job postings at local unemployment offices have nearly tripled. What are the lessons learned so far as businesses, HR and the competent administrations grapple with this additional burden?
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Swiss public will vote on Tax Reform

On 19 May 2019, the Swiss public will vote on the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF). By 17 January 2019, various referendum committees have submitted more than the necessary 50,000 signatures against the law.
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