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Mandatory e-filing of VAT returns takes effect in Switzerland

Switzerland has introduced mandatory e-filing of VAT returns. As of 1 January 2021, any business registered for VAT in Switzerland must file VAT returns electronically. 

Swiss authorities have established an electronic system which allows for e-filing.

E-filing was already available in Switzerland on an optional basis, but uptake had been relatively low.

Two platforms for Swiss VAT e-filing

Companies can conduct e-filing via the ESTV SuisseTax platform.

In addition, Swiss authorities created a new TVA easy system. The new system does not require registration, but is likely to have fewer functions than ESTV SuisseTax.

Businesses registered for VAT in Switzerland should seek advice if they have any doubt about the most effective way for them to comply with e-filing requirements.   

Electronic VAT filing: the new norm

The Swiss move towards mandatory e-filing is in line with global trends. Recently, Greece clarified its e-books and e-filing deadlines. Similarly, France is rolling out mandatory e-invoicing in stages. Ultimately, the requirement will cover all French firms. 

Beyond Europe, tax authorities around the world are moving toward electronic VAT monitoring and compliance in an effort to detect and eliminate tax evasion. 

In turn, businesses need to ensure that they have the processes in place to effectively comply with e-filing requirements  when they are implemented. 

A complete digital VAT solution

From the tax authorities’ perspective, electronic VAT filing requirements provide a more effective mechanism to monitor VAT compliance. 

Technology also provides tremendous advantages for businesses. For example, the most advanced VAT technology provides a complete automated VAT solution. 

Vatglobal’s proprietary cloud-based vsuite toolkit makes VAT compliance simpler, faster and more efficient. With one secure digital point-of-contact, it’s easier than ever to meet all your VAT compliance obligations, even if you are required to file in multiple countries.

Contact Vatglobal for a complete digital solution to all your VAT compliance needs. 

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