Value Added Tax VAT

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Here you will find everything on the subject of VAT, from online accounting to forms, the VAT number, registration and cancellation as well as deadline extensions to the basics of the VAT obligation and further VAT specialist information.

As English is not one of Switzerland's official languages, only the most important information concerning the Administration is translated into English. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force. Please refer to the German, French or Italian original version.

What is the Value Added Tax?

Value added tax (VAT) is a general consumption tax levied by the federal government.

VAT is based on the idea that those who consume something make a financial contribution to the state. However, it would be too complicated if every citizen had to account for all consumption with the state. The tax is therefore levied on businesses (producers, manufacturers, traders, craftsmen, service providers, etc.), who in turn are required to pass the VAT on to the consumer by including the tax in the price or listing it as a separate item on the invoice.

Questions & answers about the VAT

If you have more questions about VAT, the German, French and Italian pages will give you an answer.



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Last modification 19.11.2021

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