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Swiss companies - starting a company, the easy way

Types of companies

Whatever type of company you choose, starting a Swiss company is quick, unbureaucratic, and inexpensive!

Quickly starting a company

The process of founding a Swiss AG or GmbH goes quickly. If all the documents are available, the founding process takes a maximum of two to four weeks. Registering a sole proprietorship can go even faster.

Unbureaucratic effort

Starting a company in Switzerland merely requires registration in the commercial register. A sole proprietorship, on the other hand, only needs to be registered if its annual revenue exceeds CHF 100,000. Unlike in Germany, there is no special licensing procedure or membership in industry associations or chambers required.

Starting a company cost-effectively

The costs of starting a company are generally less than CHF 3,000 if no extraordinary additional expenses are necessary. However, the costs vary depending on the legal form and the advice required.

Other useful links

An AG, GmbH or sole proprietorship doesn't fit for your needs? You need advice on what type of company suits your project? Simply contact the consulting Team (will open in new window). You can also order our free Handbook for Investors (aargau.services@ag.ch). There you will find additional information and helpful tips.

Taxes in the Canton of Aargau - attractive tax rates guaranteed

Compared to other cantons in Switzerland, Aargau offers particularly generous deduction possibilities for corporate taxes and individual taxes. Your advantage: you benefit from an attractive tax rate! We will be glad to discuss your tax situation with you and put you in touch both with the canton's tax office (will open in new window) and, on request, tax experts.

Taxes in the Canton of Aargau: an overview

  • Corporate tax burden lower than the Swiss average
  • Cooperative interaction with tax authorities

Advantages of the Aargau tax system

  • Privileged taxation of special types of companies
  • Possibility for a “tax ruling”
  • Income tax offset against capital tax
  • Up to ten years of corporate tax relief
  • Effective marginal tax rates at the company level significantly lower than abroad
  • Family-friendly income taxes
  • High tax-exempt amounts for wealth tax
  • Advantageous full-splitting rate for married couples, something few Swiss cantons offer in this form
  • No inheritance or gift taxes for descendants and spouses

Tax burden in the Canton of Aargau

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Tax burden in the canton of Aargau

A comparison of the tax burden in Aargau with other cantons shows that taxes in the canton of Aargau are moderate for both private individuals and companies. This is also illustrated in the chart on the left.

Note regarding VAT liability

Careful review of the VAT obligation

Foreign companies must find out whether they are subject to VAT in Switzerland. If a company provides services in Switzerland, the company must pay Swiss VAT. Companies that generate less than CHF 100,000 taxable annual revenue within Switzerland are exempt from VAT. For VAT registration and further information, please contact the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) (will open in new window).

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