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Switzerland to raise VAT from 8% to 8.1% in 2018


Switzerland to raise VAT from 8% to 8.1% in 2018

Both houses of the Swiss Parliament voted to raised the Swiss VAT rate from 8% to 8.1%.  It is intended as a temporary increase, to come into affect from 2018 to 2030.

The Swiss VAT rise is required to help meet the costs of a large improvement in the rail system, which is heavily used by commuters.  Plans to introduced an increase in rail fares was ruled out.

The Swiss VAT rate rose from 7.6% to 8% in 2011.  This too was intended as a temporary VAT rise following a national referendum.  There was also an attempt earlier in 2013 to reduce the number of Swiss VAT rates from 3 to 2 - but this was rejected.


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.