Tax Rates in Switzerland

Corporation Tax in Switzerland: 16.55%

Income Tax in Switzerland:22.5% (Kanton Zug, Gemeinde Walchwil) to 46% (Kanton Geneve), average rate 34%. These taxes do not include social security that is private and not income based.

VAT Tax in Switzerland:  7.7% / 2.5%  from 01.01.2018

Switzerland company formation. Switzerland International Company Registration (GmbH)

Main Characteristics and the basic rules of a Company registration in Switzerland

Switzerland Company Formation

Like any ambitious entrepreneur, you may have desires to take your venture to zenith of success. For this, expanding company operations to foreign countries is prerequisite. However, you should choose the business expansion destination carefully. If exploring the European market is on agenda, starting business operation in a country like Switzerland is prudent. You should not get deterred by the fact that Switzerland is not a large country. It has several factors that are favored by business investors. However, to ensure you do not face much hurdle is the process, check out our Switzerland Company Formation services.

Before thinking of expanding business in any country, understanding its socio economic scene and cultural milieu is very important. The same is applicable for Switzerland. It has a multicultural and multi linguistic population. Because of this cultural diversity a lot of companies choose Switzerland as the prime test market before launching services and products in Europe.

You may choose Switzerland as business destination for its location and political stability as well. It serves as a gateway to many major countries in Europe. After starting the venture in the country and analyzing market response you can expand the operations in neighboring countries. You can easily start operation in countries like Austria, Germany and Italy later.

Switzerland has free trade agreements with more than 35 countries outside the EU, which can be favorable for you for business needs. The govt is in the process of negotiation with more countries, as it is.

The govt of Switzerland is keen on developing infrastructure, transport and communication services in the country on high priority. The 2014 – 2015 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report   puts the country in top 5 list for best infrastructure globally. It is a reason top pharmaceutical, tech and IT companies operate here. The well-trained workforce is another reason Switzerland attracts business investments from foreign companies.

The majority of workforce can speak English and literacy rate is high. Swiss employment laws tend to be liberal and taxation is not steep. This can be helpful for business expansion here but you may still require assistance of expert agencies. Our Switzerland Company Formation services can be of great help.

The aforesaid factors make Switzerland ideal for business startup or expansion. However, the aid of veteran agencies like BRIS group can be pretty useful for these needs. Call us today to obtain details on Switzerland Company Formation services.


Switzerland Company Formation Financial Advantages
Taxation: Various
Double Taxation Treaty Access: Yes, Treaty Access
Switzerland Tax Information Exchange Agreements: Yes, Switzerland signs Exchange Agreements
Account Filing Requirements: Yes accounting / reporting requirements
Annual Return Filing Requirements: No annual return/ reporting requirements
Audit Requirements: Yes audit required.
Switzerland Company Formation Registration Requirements
Share Capital: CHF20,000(for GmbH) CHF 100,000(for AG) Minimum paid up share capital: CHF 20,000(for GmbH) CHF 100,000(for AG)
Classes of Share Available for Switzerland company formation: Equity participation (for GmbH)Registered shares, preference shares (for AG)
Bearer Shares: Not Allowed
Registered Office Required: Yes required and must be maintained in Switzerland
Shareholders: Minimum number is one
Directors: Minimum number is one. Can be any nationality and need not be resident in Switzerland (however majority must be resident). Corporate directors are not allowed.
Your Company language: Latin alphabet
Name of your Company must be ended: “Limited”/”Ltd”, “Société Anonyme”/ “SA” , “Aktiengesellschaft”/”AG”
Documents required for Switzerland company formation: A certified copy of your passport or ID and proof of your residential address dated less than 3 months.
Switzerland Company Formation Restrictions
For Switzerland company formation you cannot use words in your company names without justification: “Bank”, “Trustee Company”, “Assurance”, “Building Society”, ”Trust Company”, “Royal” etc.
Restrictions on Trading: None
Not permitted without a licence: Fund management, insurance, Banking, reinsurance, assurance, trust management, collective investment schemes, trusteeship business provision.
Switzerland Company Formation Confidentiality and Security
Publicly Accessible Records: Yes, accessible
Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors: Yes, Allowed
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities: No
Meetings of Directors and Shareholders to be held: Anywhere
Stability: Protected jurisdiction and especially great reputation.

Switzerland – Protected jurisdiction and especially great reputation.

Popular company types:  Switzerland GmbH/ SARL/ LLC/ AG/ SA/ LTD.

Time of a Switzerland company formation takes 2 weeks.

Personal presence is not required.

Documents we need from you: 


 Current Valid Full Passport or  Current Valid National ID Card

The copy must be certified by any of the following:

  •   A notary public  A lawyer
  •   A banker  Another professional person.To validate the home address of all parties mentioned in your application, please provide ONE of the following dated within the last three months, for each party:
  •   Original utility bill (a telephone bill [mobile telephone bills are not acceptable], electricity etc.).
  •   Original bank or mortgage statement from a recognised bank.
  •   Original credit card statement.
  •   Original bank reference, confirming the home address, from a recognised ban. If you are unable to supply any of these documents you should contact us.
About Switzerland switzerland company formation
Capital city: Berne
Region: Country in Central Europ
Political System: Democracy
Government: Republic
Governing corporate legislation: Bundesgesetz über die direkte BundessteuerBundesgesetz über die AnlagefondsBundesgesetz über die Internationale Privatrecht
Type of Law: Civil
Currency: Swiss frank (CHF)
Exchange Control: None.
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents: Swiss, English
Time Zone: GMT+1
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BRIS GROUP does not assume responsibility for any damage resulting from decisions made by the reader on the basis of this publication.

Our team of consultants are on hand to find out about your specific requirements and take you through the process from start to finish.