Subsequent to the Swiss electorate’s rejection of the Swiss Corporate Tax Reform III on 12 February 2017, the Swiss Federation will soon be presenting a new tax reform. On 9 June 2017, Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer informed the public about the parameters of the new Tax Proposal 17, a reform which is largely based on the Swiss Corporate Tax Reform III.
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 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.