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Why ZUG?


Siemens, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Burger King, Glencore and the two huge pipelines Nord Stream and TAP, that do not pass through Switzerland, have their headquarters in the Canton of Zug. 20 000+ other companies are there. Zug (11.9%) is well placed internationally for corporate taxation, being cheaper than Ireland, Liechtenstein (12%), Cyprus (12.5%), Hong-Kong (16.5%) and Russia 20%. Why ?

  • The effective corporate income tax rate dropped recently  to 11.8% (used to be 14.35%) across all levels (federal taxes, cantonal taxes & municipal taxes ).

  • With the introduction of the "patent box", the net profit from patents and similar rights will be included in the calculation of the taxable net profit with a maximum reduction of 90%.

  • The Canton of Zug now allows a deduction for research and development costs of 50%.(source KPMG)

  • Switzerland ranks first in the Financial secrecy index 

  • The personal Income tax is one of the lowest of the Western world  (8,3%)

Corporations in Zug

  • AG: Minimum share capital 100 000 CHF Minimum Paid up 50 000 CHF. Timeframe 1 to 2 weeks

  • GMBH: Minimum Capital 20 00 CHF all paid up. Timeframe 1 to 2 weeks

  • Not for Profit Association   (NGO). No Capital, very light no formalities. Must have residents in the board.  Timeframe  immediate. Delay for Bank account.

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Personal Income Tax in Zug

  •  Annual Income 180 000 CHF. Married Couple one child & 1 million  CHF assets. Income tax: 14 954 CHF  8.30%

  • For very high income: > 500 000 CHF 20.9% or possibility of fixed tax package  


Advantages of Zug

  • Lowest taxation of Switzerland: Both Corporation and  personal

  • Very "Business Friendly" atmosphere (incl. authorities)

  • No Inheritance Tax, Low VAT for Swiss Market

  • Multilingual city (English, German, French, Italian)

  • Modern developed city with top Infrastructures (40 mn from Zurich Airport), Hospitals, Schools, Luxury Shops & Restaurants.

  • Exceptional Safety and Security

  • Very good and affordable health insurance

  • Beautiful surroundings lakes and ski slopes

  • Not in any black  / grey list of Tax Havens

Small Disavantage 

  • High cost of living for individuals but luxury and safety has price.

  • Delays slightly longer for non EU citizen.


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Cost and Fees

As every request is different, we really prefer to examine carefully your needs before establising a binding quote. However here are some of our usual charges:

Establishment and registration of an GmbH company: 1500 CHF + costs

Establishment of an AG company: 3000 CHF + costs

Company domiciliation: 200 CHF / Month

Residency Permit B for EU citizen: 1000 CHF + costs

Residency permit  for non EU citizen: 5000 CHF + costs



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