SWISS COMPANY FORMATION
In Switzerland, foreigners are welcome to establish new companies and production facilities. Switzerland is a very business friendly country to do business and trade.
There are about 26 swiss cantons to incorporate your company and expensive cantons are Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern. The AG is similar to large corporations and Gmb (SARL) works just like an LLC.
The canton of Zug is very popular for company formations, because of its low favorable taxes for companies. Zug is about 22km from Zurich.
The requirements of the Swiss Authorities are very high for Non EU nationals. Employing swiss people is usually one of the requirements while the company turnover has to be in the Millions of Swiss Francs for non EU nationals who want to set-up a swiss company. You will also need a local lawyer to advise. He will charge from the beginning, very important to know. We will be delighted to introduce you accordingly. Do you have any canton or region in mind?
Buying a property for yourself as a resident depends on the canton. Switzerland is very strict for non EU nationals and each canton decides if they allow you to buy a residential property.
Please note that you must have lived in Switzerland for 12 years to qualify for Swiss passport.
|Company Types||AG / SA||GmbH (Sarl)|
|Average timeframe to set up a new company||approx 1- 2 weeks||approx 1 – 2 weeks|
|Migration of domicile possible?||Yes||Yes|
|Standard authorised share capital||CHF 100,000||CHF 20,000|
|Bearer shares allowed?||Yes if share capital fully paid up||No|
|Minimum number of shareholders||1||1|
|Minimum number of directors||1||1|
|Corporate directors permitted?||No||No|
|Local directors required?||Yes||Yes|
|Local meeting required?||Yes||Yes|
|Company secretary required?||No||No|
|Swiss Corporate Taxes|
|Corporate tax rate||variable depends on canton (approx. 8% to 30%)|
|Ordinary tax base||worldwide income|
|Tax exemptions||special tax status may be negotiated for certain types of activity|
|Withholding tax on dividends – tax rate||35%|
|Withholding tax on interest – tax rate||35%, only in specific cases|
|Withholding tax on licence fees and royalties||None|
|Double taxation treaties||more than 70|
|Value Added Tax rate||7.6%|
|Disclosure and Reporting Requirements|
|Disclosure of beneficial owner||No||No|
|Government register of directors||Yes||Yes|
|Government register of shareholders||No||Yes|
|Submission of accounts||No, only with tax authorities and certainly not open for disclosure||No, only with tax authorities and certainly not open for disclosure|
|Audit required?||depending on activities, financial accounts, total employees||depending on activities, financial accounts, total employees|
We assist large multinational corporations to setup manufacturing factory, office and production facilities, acquisition of land in Switzerland along with company formation.
Fee and Charges
Our fee and charges for company formation are listed below…
Setup/ Incorporation Fee: CHF 4500
Registered office fee: CHF 2000
Director/Board Member Management Fee: CHF 7500
Virtual office Service: available
Partner/Secretary/Manager: Available (on hourly rates)
* All prices exclude Swiss VAT.
Note: We assist our clients in opening a business bank account with the company formation.Apply Online – Request a Free Quote Please complete this quick online application.