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Re: Trading in Switzerland - Capital gains/income taxes?

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As a private individual, if you trade frequently and this is deemed to be a professional activity, then you pay income tax on the gains made. You also pay wealth tax on your net assets.

If you trade occasionally for the purpose of building e.g. a pension fund, then capital gains are tax free.
Do you know what it takes for the activity to deemed "professional"? And what approximately is "frequent"?

I mean, if I make say 100 trades (buys, sells, or short sells) per year, is that "frequent"? Also, I technically speaking am doing this trading to increase my wealth, so it could be said that I'm doing this to "build my pension". Wondering if that makes it tax-free...
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