Offshore company registration in Switzerland

gmbh company formation switzerland

GmbH Company Formation Switzerland

The GmbH have three governing bodies:

  • The General Meeting of Partners
  • The Management and
  • The auditors

Swiss GmbH is exempt from all taxation if structured as Holding company. If regular business activities are conducted the Federal taxes apply with 7,83%.

In any case Swiss companies underline accounting and auditing requirements. The GmbH is in principle subject to audit.

The Swiss GmbH is a Limited Liability Company
The signed capital must be at least 20.000 CHF
The minimum nominal value of the shares is CHF 100.00. Shareholders may hold more than one share.

Swiss laws do not limit the number of foreign owners nor their nationality.
However, with a GmbH all owners are filed publicly with their full name and nationality. The registration of a GmbH does require a local director.
swiss gmbh is exempt from all taxation

General
Type of company GmbH Details
Company name Details
Double taxation treaty Yes Details
Taxes Details
Initial capital 20.000
Registered office/Agent Required
Company seal Not required
Owners and Directors
Number Minimun one (1)Details
Local representative Required Details
Publucly accessible records Yes
Nominee service Possible Details
Accountant
Bookkeeping Required
Audit activities Possible Details

registered office gmbh switzerland
An ordinary audit is required if the company exceeds two of the following amounts in two consecutive business years:

  • A balance sheet total of CHF 10 million
  • A turnover of CHF 20 million
  • An average of 50 full-time positions a year.

If the conditions for an ordinary audit are not met, a limited audit which is less extensive and intensive is required. A limited liability company with no more than ten full-time positions may dispense with the registration of an audit position with the agreement of all of the shareholders.

In order to form GmbH company in Switzerland, please provide us with the following documents:
1.) Passport copy (certified)
2.) Business plan
3.) Company owner’s details

Price List
– Company formation = CHF 1490
– Registered office = CHF 1490
– Notary and Court fees = CHF 850
– Nominee Director = CHF 4500
– Accounting = CHF 1800


TOTAL CHF 10.130

Annual expences
– Registered office = CHF 1490
– Nominee Director = CHF 4500
– Accounting = CHF 1800


TOTAL CHF 7.790

Optional
Nominated Shareholder = CHF 1490/annually
*All prices are in CHF exclusive of 7.6% VAT and subject to change.

GmbH company formation Switzerland
The Swiss GmbH is a Limited Liability Company. The name of the GmbH form emphasizes the fact that the owners (Gesellschafter, also known as members) of the entity are not personally liable for the company’s debts.

GmbH Company Formation Switzerland Company Name
Any name can be chosen provided not already in use according to Swiss commercial register. References to commercial activities must reflect the actual business of the company.  Names such as Switzerland, International, European, etc. are subject to certain conditions.  Name must end with suffix GmbH/SARL.

GmbH Company Formation Switzerland Double Taxation Treaty
Taxation: Switzerland is divided into 26 cantons, and each canton has its’ own tax system. In general, in Switzerland there is a three-level tax system: 1) At a federal level – the federal profit tax (3.63 % – 9.8 %) and taxes to export of the capital (35 %); 2) On canton level – the basic profit tax (20 % – 35 %); 3) Communes assess incomes, basically in percentage terms from canton taxes. Depending on a kind of carried out activity, such as the company (holding, administrative and another) and canton where the company is registered, are applied various rates of taxes to incomes.

Minimum number of shareholders
Minimum number of shareholders:
Swiss laws do not limit the number of foreign owners nor their nationality.
However, with a GmbH all owners are filed publicly with their full name and nationality.
Minimum one director is required.  At least one director must be a Swiss resident.

GmbH Nominee Service
Annual reporting and audits: Elected by the shareholders’ meeting, the auditors can either be an independent person or a company and must be domiciled in Switzerland. The auditors, which should be independent of the company, examine the books and the annual financial statements in order to submit their report at the shareholders’ meeting.

An ordinary audit is required if the company exceeds two of the following amounts in two consecutive business years:
– A balance sheet total of CHF 10 million
– A turnover of CHF 20 million
– An average of 50 full-time positions a year
*If the conditions for an ordinary audit are not met, a limited audit which is less extensive and intensive is required.

GmbH Nominee Service double taxation treaty access
Double tax agreements exist with Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.

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