Swiss VAT drops to 7.7% 2018

Sun 24th Sep 2017

On 24 September 2017, the Swiss population rejected a proposal to raise VAT to 8.3% from the current 8%. This proposal was in support of a pension reform package, including more flexibility around the retirement age, with increased contributions from employers and employees.

As a result of this vote – 53% of voters rejected the proposal – a scheduled reduction of the 8% VAT rate to 7.7% will go ahead instead on 1 January 2018.  There will be no change to the reduced VAT rate of 2.5%. The special reduced VAT rate on hotels of 3.8% would fall to 3.7%.

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