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02. October 2020

EU-US Privacy Shield annulled by the European Court of Justice

As a result, the EU can classify Switzerland’s level of data protection as insufficient, which would have an enormous impact on the export of personal data.

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03. September 2020

Employer’s duty of care in the event of an occupational accident

The employer’s duty of care includes the prevention of accidents which are not due to unforeseeable behaviour or gross negligence on the part of the injured employee. If the employee is fully trained in his or her profession, the employer is faced with less stringent requirements when it comes to instructing and supervising employees.

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06. August 2020

Works of art – capital investments or household goods?

Artworks are subject to the wealth tax – unlike household goods and personal effects. Drawing the line between these categories often represents a significant challenge. Furthermore, the fact that the tax rules for artworks differ from canton to canton further complicates the matter.

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04. August 2020

Continuing to work from home

It is important to consider social security, tax and legal issues if your employees will continue to work from home – especially if they are resident abroad. The current flexibility with regard to social insurance obligations will not last indefinitely.

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02. July 2020

Formal requirements for short-time working

What information and documents are required by the employment office for the first month’s payroll for short-time working? REFIDAR MOORE STEPHENS has the overview for entrepreneurs.

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02. June 2020

Climate protection and VAT – new Federal Supreme Court ruling

In 2019, the Federal Supreme Court issued a tax-related ruling with regard to CER and VER emission-reduction certificates.

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04. May 2020

Pension payments from the AHV must be requested in advance

The AHV is an insurance fund and must be notified about the occurrence of “relevant events”. Reaching retirement age is deemed a relevant event.

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01. April 2020

Loss of mental capacity – how to protect yourself against state intervention

A lasting power of attorney is more comprehensive than a “living will” and “end-of-life arrangements”. REFIDAR MOOR STEPHENS has compiled all the relevant points for you in our new “Pension Set”.

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18. March 2020

When is my company entitled to compensation for the coronavirus pandemic?

The Swiss government is providing CHF 10 billion in emergency aid for affected companies, with the goal of rapidly alleviating the economic impact of the pandemic. Who is entitled to receive compensation and what are the next steps?

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01. March 2020

Social security contributions for company directors in the EU

The social security agreement between Switzerland and the EU stipulates that, in the event of a conflict between the activities carried out by an individual as an employee and as a self-employed person, the laws of the country in which the activities performed as an employee are carried out shall apply.

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01. February 2020

Man succeeds in making his partner his pension-fund beneficiary – despite different residences

The Social Insurance Court of the Canton of Zurich has upheld an employee’s complaint and ruled that a common residence is not necessary according to the pension fund regulations.

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06. January 2020

The EU has tightened controls on A1 certificates since 1 January 2019

Anyone who is employed temporarily in an EU member state must carry an A1 certificate.

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12. September 2019

Move registered office to canton with lower tax rates? But then do it properly!

Reduced tax rates in different cantons stimulate competition between the locations. A change of domicile might be attractive to companies. But, is a change of the statutory relocation sufficient in order to benefit from lower taxation?

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14. August 2019

Obligation to cooperate in the case of estimates of payments abroad

Basically, facts that lead to an increase in tax are to be proved by the tax authorities and tax-reducing matters by the taxable person. This Federal Court decision concerned a …

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09. July 2019

Inventory of objects worthy of protection

The inventory of objects worthy of protection is a reference inventory. It is used by municipal and cantonal authorities and provides a basis for communal planning and decisions governed by …

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12. June 2019

Rental income from Airbnb and similar arrangements is taxable

The net income from these rental arrangements must be declared on your tax return under “Other taxable income”.

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15. May 2019

Caution when dealing with competitors

If competitors implicitly coordinate their business conduct with each other, they run the risk of triggering an investigation.

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15. April 2019

On 1 April 2019, the revised Working Time Regulation comes into force

At the request of the social partners concerned, the Federal Council of Switzerland has had the Working Time Regulation revised by the State Secretariat (SECO). What’s new?

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27. March 2019

A new payment slip for Switzerland

As of June 30 2020, domestic payments will be exclusively transacted by means of the respective account number in the IBAN format. Verifying the correctness of the IBAN will minimise errors and increases the speed of transfers. Swiss banks and PostFinance intend to standardise their various payment systems in accordance with the new requirements.

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26. February 2019

Improved protection in case of unjustified debt enforcement

In the future, anyone falling victim to unjustified debt enforcement will be able to ensure that third parties cannot find out about the enforcement action.

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30. January 2019

Expenses must be justifiable for business purposes

Das Bundesgericht schaut genau hin: Privat motivierte Restaurantbesuche als Spesen für die Kundenakquisition zu kaschieren, ist wenig Erfolg versprechend.

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12. November 2018

Now’s the time to plan new tax deductions for homeowners!

The Swiss Federal Tax Administration has set out a totally revised set of regulations concerning property expenses. The new legislation specifies the allowable deductions for homeowners and will come into force on 1 January 2020.

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30. September 2018

The right to one’s own image

Before posting images of employees on a company website, it is necessary to obtain the consent of the individuals concerned. It is currently in vogue to include a photo of …

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18. September 2018

Deductibility of reimbursements for education and training costs

The deductibility of reimbursements for education and training costs is clearly regulated.

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16. August 2018

What is a simulated loan?

A simulated loan has specific identifying features. It is tax-relevant on both the debtor and lender side.

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16. July 2018

Federal Council specifies new job vacancy notification requirement

Jobseekers in industries with an average unemployment rate of 8% or higher can now benefit from additional information and a head start over other applicants.

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13. June 2018

Compulsory financial assistance for family members

People with above-average financial circumstances who can be reasonably expected to support the needy may be required to provide compulsory financial assistance for their family members. But what is considered “above-average” income and wealth?

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14. May 2018

Correct taxation for cryptocurrency

The cantons of Zurich, Lucerne and Zug have published practical advice on this subject, albeit with different opinions in terms of the assessment method.

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20. March 2018

Increased quotas for employed persons from third countries and service providers from the EU/EFTA

The Swiss Federal Council continues to respond to the sustained demand within the economy for workers and specialists from third countries and the EU/EFTA.

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14. February 2018

New regulation for profit tax for legal entities pursuing “ideational purposes”

For profits above the exemption limit, tax liability exists irrespective of whether or not a legal entity fulfills the criterion of “ideational purpose”.

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31. January 2018

Properly documenting large cash transactions

Unless the existence of a cash loan can be proven, the loan amount becomes taxable.

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31. May 2017

Automatic information exchange

The Federal Assembly has adopted the Federal Act on Automatic Information Exchange to become effective on 01 January 2017.

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31. May 2017

Accounting law: The observable market price

The new accounting law now provides for a distinction between a primary and a subsequent valuation of assets

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31. May 2017


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31. May 2017

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31. May 2017

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