Corporate Tax in Switzerland

Overview by
Tax Base For Resident and Foreign Companies
Resident companies are subject to:
- Federal corporate income tax;
- cantonal/municipal corporate income taxes
- the cantonal/municipal net worth taxes.
Non-resident companies deriving income from certain Swiss sources may be subject to withholding taxes or be liable to corporate income tax in respect of such income.

Tax Rate

Corporate tax A federal tax rate of 8.5% is levied on net income. Since income and capital taxes are deductible in determining taxable income, the effective rate tax rate is 7.83%. The cantonal / communal tax rates range between 10.7% and 24.5% depending on the canton and municipality of residency. For more details, consult
Tax Rate For Foreign Companies
Same as resident companies. However some cantons provide special tax and other benefits to attract investments in specific domains and locations.
Main Allowable Deductions and Tax Credit
Business expenses, depreciation, and taxes paid at federal, cantonal or municipal levels are subjected to deductions. Also, indirect taxes such as import duties and foreign taxes (not covered under unilateral or tax-treaty relief provisions) are deductible. Moreover, losses may be carried forward for seven years.
Other Corporate Taxes
Stamp duties (1%), Land registration fees, etc.

Country Comparison For Corporate Taxation

  Switzerland OECD United States Germany
Number of Payments of Taxes per Year 19.0 14.2 11.0 16.0
Time Taken For Administrative Formalities (Hours) 63.0 199.3 187.0 215.0
Total Share of Taxes (% of Profit) 30.1 43.0 46.8 48.2

Source: Doing Business

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