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How do I get a Swiss VAT number for a business?

If you have a business in Switzerland, it is likely that you will have to collect value added tax (Swiss VAT) on your sales. To do this, you need to have a Swiss VAT number registered with the Swiss tax authorities.

How do I get a Swiss VAT number for a business?

If you have a business in Switzerland, it is likely that you will have to collect value added tax (VAT) on your sales. To do this, you need to have a Swiss VAT number registered with the Swiss tax authorities. In this article, we will look at the steps you need to take to obtain a Swiss VAT number for your business.

1. Determine if you need to register for Swiss VAT

All businesses in Switzerland with an annual turnover of more than CHF 100,000 must register with the tax authorities and collect VAT on their sales. However, if your turnover is below this threshold, you may choose to register voluntarily for VAT to benefit from certain tax deductions.

2. Gather the necessary documents

To obtain a Swiss VAT number, you will need to provide certain information and documents to the tax authorities. These documents may vary depending on the structure of your business, but generally include the following:

– Contact details for your business, including address, telephone and fax numbers.
– The name and contact details of the person responsible for tax matters in your company.
– Your company’s tax identification numbers, such as commercial register number and foreign VAT identification number if your company is based abroad.
– Financial data, sales in Switzerland and abroad, imports, exports, foreign-foreign sales
– Complete the VAT registration application form

Once you have collected all the necessary documents, you can fill in the VAT registration application form. This form is available on the website of the Swiss tax administration or at the local tax administration offices.

5. Wait for the reply from the tax authorities

The Swiss tax authorities will process your application and send you your VAT number by post or electronically. This process can take up to 3 weeks depending on the workload of the tax authorities.

Obtaining a Swiss VAT number for your business is an important step in meeting your tax obligations. It is important to gather all the necessary documents and fill in the application form carefully. If you have

If your company is based abroad, you must appoint a tax representative in Switzerland who will be responsible for tax matters for your company. The tax representative can be an individual or a company specialising in the tax management of foreign companies in Switzerland.

The tax representative must be able to represent your company before the Swiss tax authorities and fulfil the tax obligations on your behalf. He or she must also have a thorough knowledge of Swiss tax law and VAT regulations.

To appoint a tax representative, you must provide a special power of attorney authorising the person or company to act on your behalf. This power of attorney must be signed by a legal representative of your company.

Finally, if your company is based abroad, you will need to appoint a fiscal representative in Switzerland to obtain a VAT number. This representative will be responsible for tax matters for your company and should have a thorough knowledge of Swiss tax law and VAT regulations. It is important to choose a trusted tax representative to avoid any unwanted tax liabilities.

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