Blockchain: Report of the Swiss Federal Council

On 14 December 2018, the Federal Council presented the report of the "Blockchain / ICO" working group of the Federal Department of Finance to the public. The working group has examined the extent to which legal adjustments are to be made in Switzerland in the area of blockchain technology and distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Duty to report open positions – Implementation in the Canton of Zug and first experiences

On 1 July 2018, the duty for employers to report their open positions came into force. The obligation to report open positions implements the mass immigration initiative adopted by the Swiss electorate four years ago. The obligation to report open positions essentially obliges employers, firstly, to report vacancies to the competent regional job centre (RAV) if unemployment in the relevant occupation exceeds a threshold value.

Tax Reform 17 finalised

The Swiss Parliament has finalised the tax reform 17 in the final vote of September 28, 2018. The new tax law should be implemented at the beginning of the year 2020. The entering into force of the tax reform 17 is subject to a possible referendum and a popular vote.

Accelerated distribution of dividends

The Swiss Federal Tax Administration (SFTA) has recently cleared the way for the accelerated distribution of dividends from subsidiaries to the parent company and the shareholders of the parent company from a Swiss withholding tax perspective.