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Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

Hello and thank you in advance for your input and perspective.

I am looking to establish a Gmbh in Geneva or Zurich. I am the owner of an LLC in the U.S. and I have an opportunity to expand to serve a major client in Switzerland.

Gmbh is the entity that is appropriate for my firm, however as I have been doing my homework I realized that in order to set up a Gmbh, the company has to have a Swiss citizen as one of its directors.

Can you please verify if this is the case?

Also, if this is the case, can you please suggest some approaches that some others may have taken to manage this sort of issue? For example, is there a service that can provide a 'token' director that really has no say in company operations?

Thanks for your input. I've found many of the threads on this site to be invaluable.
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Gmbh is the entity that is appropriate for my firm, however as I have been doing my homework I realized that in order to set up a Gmbh, the company has to have a Swiss citizen as one of its directors.
A Swiss resident, not necessarily a Swiss national.
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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

You might want to consider setting this up in Zug for tax reasons.

I would recommend contacting a Local Lawyer to help you with this. A company that I use is: www.Mueller-praxis.ch Gaby Müller speaks good English.

Depending on the type of company you setup, you might need to lock 150chf into an account while the company is being setup (takes several weeks).

I did have some links on all this, but will have to dig them out for you. But I'm sure someone here will have them handy.
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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

try this for starters:

http://www.switzerland-4you.com/busi...evelopment.htm

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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

Do you know if there is a minimum salary that a business owner needs to pay himself in order to meet the minimum AVS calculation of CHF480 (?) per year so that his AVS contributions are not calculated on the basis of his wealth?

This is important for start up businesses which may not be making much money at the beginning.
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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

Jo - wrote you also a private message. I found this:

http://www.ahv-iv.info/andere/00134/..._JjKbNoKSn6A--

It cites the minimum 480 Fr - must be paid to AHV/IV if you earn anything less than 9400 Fr per year, which limits your income to 783 Fr per month (gross/Brutto)

and then there is this:

http://blog.startups.ch/gmbhag-kann-...hn-verzichten/

Basically from what I understand, you don't have to pay yourself a salary, but you still must pay AHV/IV.
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https://www.ch.ch/en/ahv-persons-not-employment

https://www.ch.ch/en/becoming-self-employed/

http://www.kmu.admin.ch/themen/00614...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

Thank you Medea!

Very useful!

Did I understand that right or in Switzerland even if you are unemployed, you still must pay your AHV/IV yourself, the minimal one of 480 Fr?
It does make sense.

I would thank you if I knew how , I am new here.
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Re: Gmbh and Company Director Requirements

Don't worry, you just haven't posted enough yet. When you reach 10 posts I think it is, the thank you button will appear for you.

Yes, if you no longer receive, or don't qualify, for unemployment benefit then you have to pay the AHV yourself. When you're unemployed and get the benefit, AHV and other deductions are made before you receive your payment. Of course, how you're supposed to pay when you're not earning is a bit of a puzzle.
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