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Zug Commercial Registry Office accepts Bitcoin and Ether as means of payment

As of 2 November 2017, fees can be paid at the Zug Commercial Registry Office (Switzerland) with the cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ether. Cryptocurrencies are money in the form of digital means of payment. The principles…

06.11.2017

Draft Guidance on penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance published

The British HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published draft guidance on penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance. The Guidance describes the legislation in Schedule 16 Finance (No. 2) [Act] 2017 (as amended), which…

31.10.2017

Partially revised VAT Regulation enacted in Switzerland

On 18 October 2017, the Swiss Federal Council passed the partially revised Value Added Tax Regulation (hereinafter “VAT Regulation”). It contains adaptations to the partially revised VAT Act (hereinafter “VAT Act”) and other point-to-point changes.…

18.10.2017

Commercial Register of Canton Zug permits cryptocurrencies as contributions in kind

Cryptocurrencies have been steadily gaining in importance in the recent years, especially bitcoin as the most famous of all cryptocurrencies. The Swiss city of Zug was the first state authority worldwide to accept bitcoin as…

16.10.2017

Switzerland signs European declaration on eGovernment

On Friday, 6 October 2017, a declaration on eGovernment jointly drawn up by the EU and EFTA in the context of the Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Estonia was signed by the Swiss Federal Councillor. The…

12.10.2017

Consultation to Revise Regulation on Working Hours Law

On 29 September 2017, the Swiss Federal Council commenced a consultation on revising the Regulation on the Working Hours Law. The Law governing employment relations in public transport companies was passed by the Parliament in…

29.09.2017

FDF opens consultation on total revision of withholding tax ordinance

On 21 September 2017, the Swiss Federal Department of Finance (FDF) submitted the total revision of the Withholding Tax Ordinance for consultation. The ordinance specifies the prerequisites for non-residents to be entitled to subsequent ordinary…

22.09.2017

Enactment of partially revised Swiss alcohol legislation as of 1 January 2018

On 15 September 2017, the Swiss Federal Council passed the revised Alcohol Ordinance. It will enter into force on 1 January 2018, together with the Alcohol Law revised in autumn 2016. At the same time,…

19.09.2017

Consultation on tax proposal 17 in Switzerland

On 6 September 2017, the Swiss Federal Council initiated the consultation on the new tax proposal 17 (TP17), which is supposed to be a significant contribution to having an appealing location and thus to added…

12.09.2017

Additional agreement to DTA between Switzerland and Belgium came into effect

As reported by the Swiss Federal Council, the additional agreement amending the double taxation agreement (DTA) between Switzerland and Belgium in the area of taxes on income and on capital came into effect. It contains…

09.08.2017