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Swiss VAT rates in 2024

Did you already apply the new VAT rates ? 


The necessary adaptations in the systems are often complex and require preparation.

The entry into was forced on the 1st of January 2024, did you take the necessary measures?

We recommend that an action plan is put in place to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that the systems take into account the new rates as well as the old VAT rates.

From 1 January 2024, the following current VAT rates apply in Switzerland:

Normal rate: 8,1 %

The normal rate is 8,1 %.

Reduced rate: 2,6 %

A reduced rate of 2,6 % applies for certain categories of goods and services, particularly:
  • Foodstuffs (except alcoholic beverages) according to the Foodstuffs Act of 20 June 2014 (exception: the normal rate applies for foodstuffs that form part of restaurant services);
  • Cattle, poultry, fish;
  • Seeds, living plants, cut flowers;
  • Grains;
  • Animal feed and fertilizer;
  • Medications;
  • Newspapers, magazines, books and other printed products without advertising character of the kinds to be stipulated by the Federal Council;
  • Electronic newspapers, magazines and books without advertising character of the kinds to be stipulated by the Federal Council;
  • Services of radio and television companies (exception: the normal rate applies for services of a commercial nature).

Special rate: 3,8 %

Accommodation services (overnight stays with breakfast) in the hotel and accommodation business (e.g. letting of holiday apartments) are subject to a rate of 3,8 %.

Our VAT team would delighted to assist you and/or answer your questions.

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