Tax team Reichlin Hess

Tax

Our team of experienced and specialized tax advisors supports our clients in all areas of national and international tax law. Through our own tax department our clients benefit from a simple and interdisciplinary exchange between lawyers, notaries and tax experts within our law firm.

From our long-standing professional activities we know that – beside legal matters – tax issues often arise in an early stage of transactions or the negotiations of contracts. Our law firm is in a position to offer solutions from a single source, which is highly appreciated by our clients.

Corporate Tax Law

Our law firm is advising a large number of enterprises and companies, which we advise comprehensively in national and international tax matters. Our clients include public companies, SMEs and family businesses. Corporate tax law is one of our core competences and we advise for example in the following areas:

  • Corporate reorganizations (mergers, spin-offs, disposal of business divisions)
  • Acquisition and sale of companies
  • Advice on company succession
  • Real estate transactions, including issues with respect to real estate capital gains tax
  • Tax planning and strategies
  • Employee participation plans / expense regulations
  • Preparation of tax returns and tax compliance
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and examination of crypto based business transactions (see Blockchain, Krypto and FinTech)
  • VAT (reverse charge VAT, import tax) and customs duties
  • Value Added Tax (reverse charge VAT, import tax) and customs duty

Tax Advice for Individuals / High Net Worth Individuals

Our law firm is also supporting and advising individuals in tax matters. Private clients receive comprehensive advice tailored to their specific needs and benefit from our comprehensive and customised advisory services. In cross-border matters we are cooperating with specialised law firms abroad. In particular, we provide consulting services in the following areas:

  • Support in income and net wealth tax matters
  • Advice on tax matters in connection with the sale or transfer of corporations (indirect partial liquidation etc.) or the conversion of business partnerships into corporations
  • Support of self-employed persons (sole proprietorships, business partnerships)
  • Support of declaration of crypto assets and income from crypto related activities
  • Comprehensive legal and tax advice of high net worth individuals, including lump-sum taxation
  • Advice on relocation to Switzerland and assistance to expatriates
  • Tax evaluation of trusts and private foundations
  • Tax advice on estate planning and legacies
  • Real estate gains tax due to the sale or transfer of real estate (including deferral of taxes due to acquisition of replacement assets, mixed donations etc.)
  • Preparation of tax returns

International Tax Law

Swiss corporations and individuals have often activities outside of Switzerland or have connections to other countries. At the interface between Swiss and foreign tax law, there are regular implementation and structuring issues. Our law firm supports its clients in particular with the following questions and is cooperating with tax consultants abroad if needed:

  • Advice with respect to double taxation treaties and other international tax treaties
  • Notification and reclaim of withholding taxes in international matters
  • International relocation / establishment of a tax domicile in Switzerland
  • Transfer Pricing

Tax Proceedings and Criminal Proceedings in Tax Matters

Procedural matters and tax audits are part of the daily tax business. In addition, tax-related criminal matters become more and more an issue. We are developing individual strategies to mitigate procedural and criminal exposures. Besides providing advice on mitigation strategies, we also support our clients in tax criminal investigations and procedures, and support them in particular in the following areas:

  • Requests for tax rulings from cantonal and communal tax authorities as well as from the Swiss federal tax authorities in the area of corporate tax law, taxation of individuals and international tax law
  • Preparation of intercantonal and international tax allocations
  • Avoidance of intercantonal and international double taxation
  • Legal opinions on tax questions
  • Voluntary self-disclosure
  • Assistance in tax-related criminal matters (tax evasion, tax fraud)
  • Support in connection with tax audits by tax authorities
  • Representation in proceedings before tax authorities and courts

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