Current Swiss VAT rates

Since 1 January 2018, the following current VAT rates apply in Switzerland:

Normal rate: 7,7 %

The normal rate is 7,7 %.

Special rate: 3,7 %

Accommodation services (overnight stays with breakfast) in the hotel and accommodation business (e.g. letting of holiday apartments) are subject to a rate of 3,7 % until the end of 2027.

Reduced rate: 2,5 %

A reduced rate of 2,5 % applies for certain categories of goods and services, particularly:

  • Foodstuffs (except alcoholic beverages) according to the Foodstuffs Act of 20 June 2014 (exception: the normal rate applies for foodstuffs that form part of restaurant services);
  • Cattle, poultry, fish;
  • Seeds, living plants, cut flowers;
  • Grains;
  • Animal feed and fertilizer;
  • Medications;
  • Newspapers, magazines, books and other printed products without advertising character of the kinds to be stipulated by the Federal Council;
  • Electronic newspapers, magazines and books without advertising character of the kinds to be stipulated by the Federal Council;
  • Services of radio and television companies (exception: the normal rate applies for services of a commercial nature).

Last modification 14.12.2021

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