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Tax and Financial support

Many multinational businesses have recognised the benefit of relocating to or setting up a new operation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Alongside our many other strengths as a business location, we provide an attractive fiscal environment. The government of Schaffhausen is determined to maintain this position in the long-term, setting the total tax liability of corporations at 12 to 12.5%.


Over the past two decades, a large number of international corporations have chosen to base their European HQ, central trading organisation, finance or management operations, regional or even global holding company in the Canton of Schaffhausen. One of the key drivers, alongside the other advantages which Schaffhausen has to offer, is the attractive rate of taxation by comparison with other European and Swiss locations.

Total corporate tax liability of 12 to 12.5% in future
As part of the Tax Proposal 17 (TP17), a number of privileged tax models will be abolished in Switzerland The Swiss Federal Council and the Parliament will adopt the draft in the following months.The requirement is to re-set the tax system, basing it on new foundations which are both attractive and acceptable on the international stage.


The Government of Schaffhausen confirmed end of November 2017 that it will abide by the strategy it has already set out and which is focussed on strengthening competitiveness. The strategic direction of travel to ensure businesses in Schaffhausen are offered an attractive and internationally competitive tax regime remains in place. The key element, from a tax perspective, is the aim to achieve a total tax liability for all types of business entity of 12 to 12.5% as early as possible, whilst taking account of developments at national level.

Financial Support
Subject to certain criteria being met, companies launching new developments in the Canton of Schaffhausen may be eligible to receive financial support. This may take the form of tax concessions or grant funding and applies to start-ups and established businesses. We would be happy to explain the options in more detail.



Christoph Schärrer

Adrian Stettler

Economic Promotion
Canton of Schaffhausen

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