July 2020 / Switzerland

July 24 2020

Tax Reform Strengthens Switzerland as a Business Location

Source: Invest Switzerland  
Tax burdens represent an important metric in assessing the comparative international attractiveness of business locations. According to an analysis including long-term projection to 2025 carried out by the economic research institute BAK Economics AG (BAK) for the BAK Taxation Index 2020, the Swiss taxation landscape is set to change significantly for the good of the country’s economy. Many cantons are sharply reducing standard rates of corporate tax. This will therefore further increase the fiscal competitiveness of Switzerland in the international arena. Alongside the newly introduced taxation instruments aimed at boosting innovation, this provides security of planning to companies, according to BAK.

Major reduction in tax burdens across several cantons

A comparison of standard tax burdens reveals the impact of the reform. According to the projection for the phase after the STAF implementation in 2025, the weighted Swiss average for gross domestic product (GDP) across all 26 cantons would decrease from 16.8 percent before STAF to 13.5 percent following STAF taking effect. At -8.7 percentage points, the most significant reduction in the standard tax burden can be seen in the canton of Basel-Stadt. Six cantons display reduced burdens of more than  -5 percentage points, with a total of 12 cantons cutting their rates by more than a single percentage point. In four cantons, the reduction in tax burden will total less than one percentage point. Just three cantons do not envisage any reduction in line with the current planning status.