Tax Reform in Switzerland [E-Book] / David Carey, Kathryn Gordon and Philippe Thalmann
Carey, David.
Gordon, Kathryn. / Thalmann, Philippe.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 1999
58 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 222
Full Text
There have been a number of tax reforms in Switzerland in recent years aimed at enhancing economic efficiency and equity. This paper sets these reforms in the context of the forces shaping tax policy in Switzerland and the main features of the Swiss tax system and suggests areas where further reforms could be beneficial. These include applying more equal tax treatment to different forms of savings, moving to a flat-rate tax on corporate profits in all cantons and making greater use of environmental taxes. It is recognised that Switzerland’s highly decentralised federal structure and system of direct democracy can slow reforms, although these features also increase the legitimacy of reforms, reducing the risk of policy reversals ...