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Changes in the VAT rates

Since 2011 a percentage of additional financing has been deducted from each VAT rate and assigned to the disability insurance fund. As at 31 December 2017 this temporary increase in VAT is going to be abolished. If the 2020 pension scheme reform were adopted, the tax rate would be directly increased once again. However, since […] more…

#FRAUENARBEIT – a foundation and an eponymous book want to help young women in the working world

The #FRAUENARBEIT foundation was brought into existence in 2017. Both founders, Regula Bührer Fecker and Judith Weber Günter, are two absolutely powerful women. In 2017 Regula Bührer Fecker published a book with the same title. The #FRAUENARBEIT initiative is meant to further exchange amongst young committed women. Having contact with experienced and successful female professionals […] more…

VAT Revision – Part 2: Changes in Mail-Order Business and for Electronic Newspapers and Books

The VAT legislation in Switzerland is being totally revised. The first part of this revision, which has simplified the VAT system, has been in place since 2010. Now the second part is coming into force on 1 January 2018. To some extent, it is going to bring about some major changes, which also start-ups may […] more…

September Start-Up Report: Leaving the Silly Season with Strong Growth

As far as new registrations are concerned, 2017 continues to be a good year. September is already the fifth month of this year in which, compared with the four previous years, more organisations were incorporated with the Swiss Commercial Register. It is showed by the start-up report compiled by STARTUPS.CH. Only Ticino recorded a decline […] more…

VAT Revision – Part 1: Extension of Subjective Taxability

The VAT legislation in Switzerland is being totally revised. The first part of this revision, which has simplified the VAT system, has been in place since 2010. Now the second part is coming into force on 1 January 2018. To some extent, it is going to bring about some major changes, which also start-ups may […] more…

Bernapark: a Micro Cosmos with Everything You Need

With the rezoning approved by popular vote, the Bernapark development is going into the hot phase. The aim of this visionary project is to create a small world of its own that will provide its inhabitants with all what they may need for living. Living, working and leisure spaces are going to be combined so […] more…

Setting Up a Company Using Bitcoin Denominated Contributions in Kind – What You Should Know

In the last few years cryptocurrencies have been steadily gaining in importance. Especially bitcoin, the most famous of cryptocurrencies, has more and more found its way into everyday life. Here the role of harbinger has been assumed by the city of Zug. It was the first state authority worldwide to accept bitcoin as a legal […] more…

Self-Employment Makes You Happy

As studies by Kelly Services show, employees’ satisfaction has been on the decline for decades. At the same time the number of the self-employed is steadily rising. What distinguishes them is that they are often happier. More job satisfaction is especially owed to the freedom and flexibility self-employment gives you. more…

Federal Council Enforces New Fintech Regulations

An amended banking law is coming into force as per 1 August 2017. The revision is meant to lessen market entry barriers for fintech entrepreneurs. In addition, it should make the Swiss financial market more competitive. Start-ups will also benefit from that. more…

August Start-Up Report: Strong Growth in the Middle of the Summer Slump

As start-up reports by STARTUPS.CH indicate, every August means shrinkage in the number of new companies being registered. Nothing has changed this year either. With 2949 new entries in the trade register, August was the by far poorest month of this year. Compared with the last four years, however, it was the slightest decrease ever […] more…
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