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Switzerland increases VAT rate to 8% from 2011 until 2018


Switzerland increases VAT rate to 8% from 2011 until 2018

Following a recent referendum, Switzerland has announced a temporary rise in its VAT rates.  The increase will help alleviate the costs the social security system which is undergoing reform.

The Swiss VAT rates will change as follows from 1 January 2011:

Standard VAT rate:    7.6% to 8.0%

Reduced VAT rate:    3.6% to 3.8% (hotels)

Super Reduced VAT rate:      2.4% to 2.5% (foodstuffs)

The increase will be withdrawn on the 1st January 2018.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.