The depth of the taxation of foreign billionaires by some of the cantons is now bringing the Federal government in distress. The Swiss Federal tax administration (FTA) gave already in 1993, the clear statement, to calculate for lump-sum taxed foreigners, whose worldwide living expenses. This applies as a Basis for taxation.
Yesterday, the Recherchedesk of Tamedia revealed for the first time, accurate tax data of Bernard Ecclestone, Jean-Claude Mimran and from the Greek couple Angelopoulos-Daskalaki from the years 2008 to 2011. The Gstaad billionaires paid about 400'000 to 500'000 Swiss francs a year in Bern, a fraction of a per Mille of their assets.
it is Thus clear that of the Canton of Bern has taken into account the living expenses of the lump sum taxed in Switzerland. Yachts, cars and other luxury expenditures abroad were not counted. The requirements of the FTA the 1993, were, therefore, disregarded in favor of wealthy foreigners.
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Addressed to the practice of the various cantons, says the FTA, is no evidence available that certain cantons, calculated from the expense in the domestic. A Search in the public data of the last ten years shows, however, that the FTA can be informed of the action taken by the cantons.
to tighten up After the Canton of Zurich in 2009 had abolished the flat tax , the Confederation and the cantons, the tax. The target of the FTA in 1993, the rich foreigners are taxed according to their worldwide effort to best to write extra into the law. A number of cantons, parties and associations expressed as of 2010. From their Opinions it is apparent that some of the cantons, calculated at the time the workload in the domestic.
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The conference of cantonal Finance Directors, for example, wrote in 2010 in a media release: "Instead of the effort in Switzerland of the global effort is newly relevant." Thus, the cantons have already said, that you looked at so far only in Switzerland.
A year later, the Canton of Jura, the SVP of the Canton of Vaud FDP, Economiesuisse, and others spoke out publicly against it to charge in the future, the global effort of billionaires. "As in the past, only the costs in Switzerland will be taken into account," they wrote in a 2011 consultation by the Federal government. Today, the cantons over their practice to keep of the time covered, but the Federal government would have been able to notice.
"We obviously have a glaring control and oversight deficit in the tax assessments."Margret Kiener Nellen, SP-national councillor
For the FDP councillor Andrea Caroni, it is not disturbing that the FTA did not care, apparently, to the action of the cantons in the case of the flat tax. "The FTA must ensure that the requirements under Federal law are not simply ignored," says Caroni. It is important that the cantons held to the requirements of the Federal government. "The FTA must now make sure this does not happen in other cases."
SP-national Council member Margret Kiener Nellen asked for last Tuesday, before the financial Commission of the Council of States improved the supervision of the Confederation. "We obviously have a glaring control and oversight deficit in the tax assessments," says Kiener Nellen. In the case of Gstaad is an indication that the requirements of the Federal government would also be ignored in other areas of the cantons. "It is now in need of annual inspections by the external financial controls – something like that is in any other public limited company is usual," says Kiener Nellen. "Why should, of all things, of the revenue of the Federal government is not checked?" (Tages-Anzeiger)
Created: 02.04.2019, 09:30 PM