Switzerland

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).

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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Deal-making maintains Switzerland’s global relevance

Merger and acquisition activity among Swiss companies and investors hit a record high in 2018, paving the way to a record-breaking year in the M&A business. Get an industry-by-industry look at last year’s M&A deals and outlook for 2019. Read KPMG Switzerland’s Clarity on M&A.
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OECD initiative against fictitious tax residences based on investments

On 16 October 2018, the OECD published the results of its analysis of over 100 Citizenship by Investment (CBI) and Residence by Investment (RBI) schemes that allow foreign individuals to obtain citizenship or residence rights.
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Federal Council opens the consultation on the implementing ordinances of the new FinSa and FinIa

On 24 October 2018, the Swiss Federal Council began the consultation for the 3 implementing ordinances to the Financial Services Act and the Financial Institutions Act. The consultation period will last until 6 February 2019; the ordinances and the two laws will enter into force on 1 January 2020.
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