With nearly 8 million inhabitants, Switzerland is located in Western Europe, surrounded by France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Switzerland is a multicultural nation, by virtue of its geographical position. Official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh. Characterized by its great political and military neutrality, Switzerland consists of 26 cantons.
An onshore centre
Switzerland has several cantons, and each applies its own corporate tax rate. Switzerland is considered an Onshore location with low tax rates, particularly as companies registered in the canton of Obwalden will only pay a tax rate of 12.66%. Companies may also be domiciled in Lausanne, Geneva, Zug, and Zurich, but will be subject to higher tax rates (see our tax and accounting section).
Switzerland has many cantons, each with a different tax system. It is one of the few countries that still allows anonymous bearer shares in the S.A (Société Anonyme, or public limited company), which requires a capital of 100,000 CHF. SARL companies (Société à responsabilité limitée, or limited liability companies) do not offer anonymity, except by share ownership through a trust, and require a capital of 20,000 CHF-. It is recommended to create a Swiss company using a holding company in Hong Kong in order to raise the dividends, given the agreements that have been signed between Switzerland and Hong Kong. In order to create a company in Switzerland, the company must have a Director that is either resident in Switzerland, or is a Swiss national.
Administration and Shareholding in Switzerland
The Director of a Swiss company must be a Swiss resident or national, and is considered liable. It is therefore possible to have a nominee administrator, by means of a mandate for the administration of a company. Shareholding is public for an SARL (GmBH) and therefore for the bearer; it is anonymous in an S.A – public limited companies (AG).
It is recommended that the shares of a Swiss company be held by a holding company in Hong Kong or Europe in order to avoid the 35% withholding tax (see accounting and taxation)
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Creating a Company
Fidusuisse offshore company has many advantages: among other things, it enables assets to be protected by consolidating assets held in several countries under the name of an offshore holding company. The legislation of the country where the holding company is based will apply to all assets in the event of death. It is also possible to transfer assets to this offshore company to avoid problems (confiscation, commercial litigation, disputes, etc.): this is the principle of Asset Protection.
A Ready-Made Company or Shelf company is a pre-registered company that is ready to start operations. Choosing a Ready-Made at Fidusuisse company reduces the time it takes to setup a company in the country. A Ready Made company is a new company, whereas a Shelf company has existed for at least one year, which makes it possible to benefit from enhanced commercial credibility.
At Fidusuisse we handle your bank account opening in Switzerland, so there is nothing you can worry about. Whether for private account of offshore accounts within 15 days including the bank relationship, filing of forms and liaising with the bank.
Fidusuisse Offshore offers you a virtual office service allowing you to create real credibility and become a commercial reality. You will be able to conduct your offshore company’s business in the most effective way.
The importance of a virtual office
When you create an offshore company, it is essential to have a phone number in your destination country. It provides real credibility and promotes confidence in your business transactions with your clients. Fidusuisse Offshore can provide you with a telephone number for any country in the world and even offers you a telephone to manage your business.
Company Management is a service aimed at persons not wishing to have to manage their business on a daily basis and who wish to entirely delegate the management. Under a contract regulated by Swiss law, we manage the company on your instructions, maintaining commercial relationships, orders, regulations, accounting, audit and annual reports.
International contracting is frequently used by offshore companies to facilitate transactions with foreign partners. In fact, this method makes it possible to solve logistical and fiscal constraints applicable to transactions.
Trusts and foundations
The advantage of a Trust is that it optimises tax benefits for the Settlor’s assets, in accordance with the tax laws of the country in which the Trust is registered, while the Settlor can reside in another country. It is also useful for transferring assets while avoiding taxation, and in determining the assets owned by several companies.
Fidusuisse Offshore can provide you with the expertise necessary to set up your Foundation. A foundation makes it easier to manage your affairs. This structure can be created in most countries, and fully customized through the use of By-Laws.
Fidusuisse Offshore is putting its experience and expertise at your disposal so that you can successfully carry off your fiscal expatriation plans. Our main destinations are Belgium and Switzerland.
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