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registration of legal entity

Cost of registration The cost of the second year Number of Directors Corporate tax rates Payment of Charter Capital Financial statements
3040.00 EUR 840.00 EUR 1 16.00% 10000.00 Yes

Company registration in Switzerland

Switzerland, or the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated in Central Europe.

The official languages in Switzerland are French, Italian and German.

The capital of the Confederation is Bern. The national currency is the Swiss franc (SFr).

On the international plane Switzerland has an image of a wealthy country, it is associated with bankers, jewellers and watchmakers. The abovementioned is partly true, since the most reliable banks, the most famous brands of jewelry and watches can be found only in Switzerland. Despite this fact, middle class feels quite convenient in Switzerland, as everything is comfortably arranged.

Currently Switzerland and the canton of Zug are perfect places for company registration with a view to tax planning and participating in government tenders.

Why is it so profitable to buy or register a company in Switzerland (the canton of Zug)?

  • Minimum taxes;
  • Favourable conditions for company tax planning;
  • Prestige in the international arena;
  • Guarantee of assets protection from political instability.

Switzerland offers the most favourable tax conditions for companies, although it is not an offshore jurisdiction (e.g. in Cyprus companies income tax is equal to 10%, while in Switzerland it is 8%, being reduced to 4% in case of holding activities).

High standard of living, stable legislation and developed legal system are the most weighty arguments in favour of company registration in Switzerland (Zug).

It is quite simple to obtain residence and work permits (or to become a resident of Switzerland). You may enjoy the rights exercised by Swiss citizens (in particular, the possibility to pay fixed tax on all incomes in any country of the world).

Legislative framework in Switzerland

Activities of companies in Switzerland are governed by the Obligationenrecht Act.

Forms of business in Switzerland

Two main forms of companies are:

  • Public joint-stock company, Aktiengesellschaft (AG);
  • Limited liability company, Gesellschaft mit baschrankter Haftung (GmbH).

First and foremost steps to register a company in Switzerland:

Before registering, you should select a name of the company (it is better to prepare several variants of the name). Subsequently, it is essential to check the name's availability with the federal authority. This stage is carried out to make sure that there is no registered company with identical or similar name.
The information about business activities of a company should be filed. Further you need to provide data about the founders, the directors and on whose behalf the registration of company in Switzerland is planned.

Once the required set of documents has been provided, company set up takes around a week to complete. The term may vary, depending on the current workload of the authorities.

A company in Switzerland must have a legal address. It can open an account in Swiss bank, which enables to obtain not only qualified service in respect of investments, but also guarantees of confidentiality and possibility of being serviced in international languages. This account can be managed via phone and the Internet for convenience.

Registration of a limited liability company (GMBH) in Switzerland - main provisions

  • Minimum capital is equal to 20,000 Swiss francs. This amount should be paid in full at the time of registration;
  • Shareholders can be individuals or legal persons, whatever citizenship or nationality;
  • There shall be at least one director. He must be Swiss resident; one of his duty is to carry out communication with public authorities. The director also has responsibility to fulfil company obligations owed to the register and the tax service;
  • Annual meeting of shareholders is obligatory;
  • Company must have Swiss registered office;
  • Company management bodies are the following:
    • General Meeting,
    • Board of Directors,
    • Supervisory Board (optional).
  • Company is under the obligation to submit financial reports.

Accountancy in Switzerland

All Swiss companies shall be annually audited.

Auditors can be either independent persons, or auditing companies with legal address in Switzerland.

Reports shall be submitted annually to the State Register of Companies.

Taxes in Switzerland

The tax system of Switzerland favourably differs from the tax systems in most EU countries, since rates in Switzerland are lower.

Taxes are levied according to the three-tier system: federal, cantonal and communal. Each canton has its own legislation in the field of taxation and may independently determine the amount of taxes and introduce tax incentives.

In case a company is not engaged in commercial activities in Switzerland, it pays taxes only at the federal level (thus, the income tax is 8.5%).

You can obtain tax benefits even at the cantonal level, namely:

The holding company can enjoy such tax benefits, if the main type of its activity is long-term ownership of the shares of another company (or companies), while holding activity should bring at least 2/3 of the company income. 100% of the income of such company are exempt from tax at the cantonal level.
Given reasonable tax planning, company pays no more than 0.5% of the annual turnover to cover taxes in Switzerland. The withholding tax on payment of dividends applies to non-residents in the amount of 35%.

We will register ready-made company in Switzerland for you within the shortest time possible. Buying a company in Switzerland is now easier than ever before. Meanwhile, company registration is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to start legitimate international business. Company registration is one of the most important directions of our activity.

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General information
Square41 277.00
Population7 655 630.00
CapitalBern
Unemployment8.20
State polityformally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic
Telephone code41
Place in the world in corruption8
locationCentral Europe, east of France, north of Italy
ClimateTemperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers; avg. maximum temperature +25°; avg. minimum temperature -4°
Literacy rate99.00%
Ethnic groupsGerman 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%
National currencySwiss franc (CHF)
USD exchange rate0.91
GDP per capita15
Official languageGerman (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8%
Credit ratingAAA
The judiciaryFederal Supreme Court, the Federal Administrative Court
Executive authorityHead of government: President. Government: Federal Council elected by the Federal Assembly usually from among its members for 4 years.
Legislative authoritiesbicameral Federal Assembly: the Council of States (46 seats), the National Assembly (200 seats)
Corporate information
Opportunity to purchase ready-made companiesNo
Legal systemCivil Law
The use of the Cyrillic alphabet in the nameNo
Local registered officeNo
Organizational and Legal FormsAktiengesellschaft (AG) or Société Anonyme (SA) - Stock Company; Limited Liability Company HOLDING COMPANY DOMICILIARY COMPANY AUXILIARY COMPANY SERVICE COMPANY MIXED COMPANY Branch
Prohibited expressions in the nameGesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung - GmbH or Société à Responsibilité Limité - SARL or Limited Liability Company - LLC
Local registered agentNo
Shares and share capital
Standard currencySwiss franc
Information about the beneficiary is disclosed20000
The minimum amount of paid-in capital, nat. currency10000
The minimum amount of the issued capital10000
Bearer sharesNo
Possibility to issue shares without par valueNo
Taxation
VATNo
Basic corporate tax rate16.00%
Capital gains taxNo
Currency controlNo
Corporate tax rates detailstypically varies from 13%-22%, depending on canton
Stamp dutyNo
Director and Secretary
Minimum number of directors1
The requirement for residency directorsYes
Director of legal entities are allowedNo
The data reveals to the local agentYes
Data field to the public registryYes
The requirement for the presence of the SecretaryNo
Requirement to the residense of the SecretaryNo
Requirements to qualification of the SecretaryNo
Legal entity as the SecretaryNo
Shareholder and beneficiary
Minimum number of shareholders1
Data is entered in the public registerYes
Shareholders residency requirementNo
Information about the beneficiary is disclosedYes
Information may be disclosed to the local agentYes
Shareholders-legal entities are acceptableYes
Reporting
The requirement for filing reportsYes
Open access to reportsNo
Statutory auditNo
The requirement for filing Annual ReturnNo
Open access to the Annual ReturnNo
The requirement for reportsYes
Treaty on avoidance of double taxation (States which signed)70
Membership in the OECDYes
Is it offshore according to Russian legislationNo
Trademark Registration
TM Comprehensive Study TM Registration Request TM Registration Certificate Total
First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class First Class Additional Class
160.00 140.00 1230.00 120.00 0.00 0.00 1390.00 EUR 270.00 EUR
«TRADEMARK» refers to «Wordmark», «Logo» or «Wordmark + Logo»

Prices include all professional and official fees. If the change of official duties or exchange rates prices may vary.

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