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    Switzerland will reduce VAT rates as from 1 January 2018. Current VAT rates are based on a temporary regime that ends on 31 December 2017, when the new reduced rates will apply.

    These rates are expected to be reduced as follows

    • Standard VAT rate will be reduced from 8 to 7.7
    • VAT rate on accommodation will be reduced from 3.8 to 3.7
    • Reduced VAT rates applicable on foodstuff, water and other basic supplies will remain at 2.5

    These changes may be overturned in the last week of September by a popular vote.

    Switzerland has a unique VAT rate structure in Europe. Swiss standard VAT rates are low but the basket of goods subject...

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    By Marosa EU VAT Switzerland Published 19/06/2017 18:32

    End of low value consignment in Switzerland

    Switzerland has announced plans to withdraw the low-value consignment stock relief.

    This relief is generally applicable in the European Union and Switzerland has traditionally mirrored the EU simplification. According to the EU rules, businesses established outside the EU and selling goods through the internet must charge import VAT on these goods when the value of the shipment exceeds a certain threshold. Member States have the option of setting this threshold on any value between €10 and €22, with most countries option for the second option. This means that any shipment from outside the...

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    By Marosa EU VAT Switzerland Published 30/10/2016 19:54

    Registration threshold for foreign businesses in Switzerland

    Switzerland has initiated the legislative changes to introduce a registration threshold on foreign service providers. The suggested amount is CHF 100,000 with an equivalent amount of circa €90,000 . If approved, the implementation of this threshold will allow some businesses that are currently registered in Switzerland to de-register and stop filing VAT returns in the country. This threshold would also apply to non-established companies in Switzerland.

    None of the Member States have a threshold for foreign non-established companies. Businesses must register in a foreign EU country...

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    By Marosa EU VAT Switzerland Published 23/03/2016 11:20
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