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Old 23.07.2011, 13:43
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Trading in Switzerland - Capital gains/income taxes?

Let's say I make a living off trading (with financial instruments such as stocks and futures) in Switzerland.

Are my trading profits taxed in Switzerland? I hear there is no capital gains tax in Switzerland. But will I be taxes according to the income tax?
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Old 23.07.2011, 13:57
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Re: Trading in Switzerland - Capital gains/income taxes?

As Wheat Hoarder GmbH you will pay both. This has been covered before. The search function is your friend - or the foot of this page...
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Old 23.07.2011, 14:16
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As Wheat Hoarder GmbH you will pay both. This has been covered before. The search function is your friend - or the foot of this page...
I've tried searching, but I've never come across any concrete information. Okay, so let's say I start Wheat Hoarder Trading Operations GmbH. What do you mean I'll be charged both capital gains and income taxes? I wouldn't have any income other than trading profits.

What kind of tax rates, approximately, are we talking about? Between 20% and 30%?
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Old 23.07.2011, 15:15
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There is no personal CGT on shares, however if your a trader you may be taxed as a business
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Re: Trading in Switzerland - Capital gains/income taxes?

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

As far as I know, if you have a high volume of trades, the authorities could consider it as a professional activity, and it would be taxed. In that case, what I dont know is, if every trade should be taken into consideration in the accounting. Does anybody anything about it?
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Old 25.07.2011, 22:38
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This is something that bothers me. My earnings are fairly low , below capital gains, possibly 100 trades a year
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Re: Trading in Switzerland - Capital gains/income taxes?

how about stocks held by people working in startups ? Is there a tax on that if and when the gains are realized ?
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If you trade occasionally for the purpose of building e.g. a pension fund, then capital gains are tax free.
I do this having a B Permit and less than 120k per year salary, should i do something?
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