No to reform of withholding tax and transfer stamp duty


The Swiss people today rejected the abolition of the withholding tax on bonds and the relief on the transfer stamp duty.

Issues of domestic bonds continue to be subject to withholding tax. Thus, the transfer restrictions in syndicated loan agreements («10 and 20 non-bank rules») as well as restrictions on the use of funds of bonds issued abroad by Swiss groups remain relevant.

Trading in domestic bonds also remains subject to the turnover tax of up to 0.15%. The same applies to the purchase and sale of domestic and foreign qualifying participations.

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