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How much profits and capital taxes does a Swiss company (GmbH or AG) have to pay for 2009?

Corporations (AG) and limited liability companies  (GmbH) are both taxed as corporate bodies. One has to distinguish between the Direct Federal Tax and the cantonal and communal taxes. Profits taxes are levied at all three administrative levels (federal, cantonal, communal), with some exeptions at communal level depending on the cantons, whereas taxes on capital are […] more…

How do I determine the name of my partnership?

Unless all partner’s names are quoted, the firm name must include at least one partner’s surname. In business relationships, this name has to be amended with an indication like “& Partners” or similar, so as to make the legal form recognisable. In addition to that, the firm name may include a partner’s given name too. […] more…

Which taxes are due upon foundation of an incorporated enterprise [GmbH or company(AG)]?

Basically, no taxes are due when you incorporate your company. Stamp duty on issues: The stamp duty on new issued capital (tax rate 1%) is only due starting from CHF 1 million of equity, so generally, formations with less equity are exempted from the federal stamp duty on issues. Profits and capital taxes: After the […] more…

STARTUPS.CH wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

To all incorporators and those, who will soon take the stept towards independence, STARTUPS.CH wishes a merry Christmas, and all the best for 2010! Your STARTUPS.CH staff more…

Formation of a Swiss GmbH – Startup in Switzerland – Limited liability company in Switzerland

Below we summarize the main points on the subject formation of a limited liability company (GmbH) in Switzerland: Required Capital: at least CHF 20’000 (fully paid-in, new since January 1st 2008) Number of partners: at least one person (new since January 1st 2008) Firm name: fancy name allowed Statutory auditor: obligatory only if the company […] more…

How exactly does the startup (sole proprietorship, partnership, GmbH, AG) on STARTUPS.CH work?

1. You calculate an offer. 2. You register as a user on our webpage. 3. You insert the company data and complete the formation process. 4. Thereafter you will receive all formation documents via e-mail. 5. You sign all the documents and return them to us. 6. You pay in the capital and allow the […] more…

How many persons are needed for the formation of a corporation (AG)?

Under the new corporation law (in force since January 1st 2008), only one person (shareholder) is required for the formation of a corporation (AG). Under the old law, at least 3 persons (shareholders) were needed for the incorporation. Preferably you establish the foundation of your company with STARTUPS.CH. STARTUPS.CH will provide you with professional guidance […] more…

Self-employment and startup in Switzerland for EFTA & EU citizens (residence permit for foreigners)

When applying for a residence permit in order to start up an independent activity (including the formation of a new business in Switzerland), citizens of EU and EFTA states enjoy the same rights. The following procedure has to be followed: An application for an independent activity residence permit has to be submitted to the local […] more…

Sources of errors upon foundation / The most frequent problems in the Commercial Registry entry

As far as our experience goes, it is possible to build two main groups of the most frequent problems in registering for the Commercial Registry: 1. Firm name The most frequent problem arises when, in the view of the Commercial Registry Office, the relation between firm name and purpose is not given. In spite of […] more…

Dubious invoicing: after the Commercial Registry entry, I received more invoices for registry entries etc. Do I have to settle them?

Upon foundation of your business including the entry in the Commercial Registry you (respectively your business) will receive one invoice from the cantonal Commercial Registry Office. The Office charges you for the costs of the entry etc. Additionally you will receive an invoice from the service provider who supported you during the foundation (e.g. STARTUPS.CH, […] more…