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By Maurus Winzap, Robert Desax On 19 May 2019 the Swiss voters approved the new corporate tax reform. The reform will set the basis for new rules on Swiss corporate taxation and will secure and enhance Switzerland’s overall attractiveness as a business location. The measures will enter into force in 2020. The new proposal aims […]

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