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So the confidence of the citizens is being undermined

tax privileges for wealthy foreigners? For years, this was a classic Right-left debate. Right, it was better for the foreigners to pay their taxes with us. On the left, not answered, this taxes be. But now we know: The debate was not open.

How far have you responded to billionaires in the case of the flat tax, and the cantons were apparently on the Federal requirements – all of this you have not explained to the citizens. Only because of a data leak is the Recherchedesk of Tamedia revealed last year that the CEO of Gucci, received a lump-sum tax in the Canton of Ticino. It was his annual living expenses, therefore, 146000 francs. He earned 8 million euros per year and lived in Italy.

Now the tax data of billionaires in Gstaad to the journalists. Only therefore, it is clear that the living expenses abroad, apparently, was not taken into account, only those in Switzerland. This despite the fact that the Swiss Federal tax administration, and the Federal Council laid clear, you should calculate the global effort.

Out of the Dilemma, there is only one way out: The Federal government must take its oversight function on the cantonal tax administrations seriously.

The cantons would be able to say in the debates on the flat tax: "Yep. We make it that way. The law is somewhat unclear, we interpret it in favor of the wealthy foreigners." It could have been a debate. Instead, a large hiding place match – even today. To the outside of the Canton of Bern said he do not tax gifts, in the Background, he fought against the disclosure of the Gstaad control data.

such An approach undermines confidence in the authorities. We will soon vote on additional tax templates. We need to be sure that we are informed correctly.

Out of the Dilemma, there is only one way out: The Federal government must take its oversight function on the cantonal tax administrations seriously. And he must restore to the people of transparency – especially about the actions of the cantons.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 31.03.2019, 22:31 PM

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