Swiss IHQs: 6 questions on upcoming tax developments

The tax world is currently undergoing significant and very rapid changes. In such a shifting environment, International Headquarters’ tax professionals should have in mind 6 questions.
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Insurance groups take a portfolio approach to growth

In today’s insurance environment, victory belongs to the bold. Margins are under pressure and competition is heating up; insurers can no longer afford to ‘sit’ on businesses that are underperforming or subscale.

Grosse Ungewissheit in den Schweizer Wirtschaftsregionen

Die Schweizer Wirtschaft ist verunsichert. Wir haben die Spitzenvertreter von 10 kantonalen Handels- und Industriekammern nach den grössten Herausforderungen für ihre jeweiligen Wirtschaftsregionen befragt.
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IFRS 16 Leases – the mystery of transition reliefs and their impact on Swiss financial institutions

In the past, we have seen Swiss financial institutions selling their office buildings to investors and leasing them back. With IFRS 16, lessees will now bring most leases on balance sheet. For this reason, financial institutions have to recognize a right-of-use (ROU) asset.
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Schwerwiegende Folgen bei einem Scheitern der USR III

Der «Swiss Tax Report 2016» von KPMG vergleicht die Gewinn- und Einkommenssteuersätze von 130 Ländern sowie allen 26 Kantonen. Die anstehende USR III ist im internationalen Steuerwettbewerb von elementarer Bedeutung für die Schweiz. Peter Uebelhart erklärt im Interview, was auf dem Spiel stünde, wenn die Reform scheitern würde.
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European Action Plan on VAT – important but not (yet) urgent

The Executive Body of the European Union is committed to deliver on its 1993 promise of a single VAT area. In addition the Commission wants to close the VAT gap - the difference between tax due and tax collected. Lastly, a "modernized rates policy" shall reflect recent trends of digitization and tackle unfair tax rate competition.
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