Upcoming Revision of Swiss VAT Law and published draft of the revised Swiss VAT Ordinance - Tax and Legal blog


As announced in our previous blog, the Swiss Federal Council has confirmed that the partial revision of the Swiss VAT Law (rVATL) adopted by the Swiss Parliament in June 2023, will finally come into force as of 1 January 2025. The revised law includes a wide range of changes.

Along with confirmation of the implementation date of the rVATL, the Swiss Federal Council has published a draft of the Swiss VAT Ordinance (rVATO) that is currently under consultation. The proposed changes mainly relate to implementation of the rVATL. However, the draft rVATO include new practices and simplifications which are not based on new regulation in the rVATL.

This blog is the first of a series of topical blogs that the Swiss Deloitte VAT team will be releasing over the coming months to explain the significant upcoming changes in more detail. We hope you enjoy them – please stay tuned!

Partial revision of the Swiss VAT Ordinance

An ongoing consultation for the partial revision of the rVATO has been launched by the Swiss Government on 25 October 2023 and will end on 8 February 2024. This revision focuses primarily on implementation of provisions from the partial revision of the Swiss VAT Law. These provisions, amongst others, are related to the taxation of online platforms and the option of submitting an annual VAT return. Additionally, the revision enables the implementation of several motions that have been submitted by the Federal Chambers of Parliament.

Expected changes to the Swiss VAT Ordinance related to the Swiss VAT law revision

The amendments to the Swiss VAT Law will require various provisions in the Swiss VAT ordinance to be enacted, amended or abolished:

  • Taxation of online platforms: Distance sellers may be able to act as importers in Switzerland instead of the platforms, online platforms will not be entitled to apply the margin or the fictitious input VAT deduction schemes, and the Swiss Federal Tax Administration may refuse application of the import VAT deferment regime if an online platform fails to meet its Swiss VAT reporting obligation.
  • Annual VAT returns: The draft specifies the rules authorising the submission of the annual VAT returns, withdrawing such authorisation and adjusting the advance payments.
  • Subsidies: Public authorities will have until the closing date of the tax period during which the payment is made to designate it as a “subsidy”.
  • Gold coins/fine gold and VAT registration relief: Art. 44, 61, 113 let. g and 121a of the Swiss VAT Ordinance will be deleted since these provisions will be included in the Swiss VAT law.
  • Refund procedure: Foreign companies that only render VAT exempt without credit supplies in Switzerland are not entitled to an input VAT refund.

New provisions of the Swiss VAT Ordinance not linked to the Swiss VAT law revision

The draft also contains new practices and simplifications that are not linked directly to the partial revision of the Swiss VAT Law, the main ones being:

  • Lump sum methods: The net tax rate and flat tax rate methods will be simplified.
  • VAT group: The draft now specifies that notifications for changes in the composition of the VAT groups will have to be made electronically using the portal, and confirms when these changes should be announced.
  • Notification procedure (“transfer of going concern”): The procedure will have to be applied in the case of cash payments between taxable persons of CHF 15,000 or more.
  • Electronic filings: Certain operations regarding the annual VAT return, VAT groups and the net tax rate and flat rate methods will have to be carried out exclusively by electronic means.

Next steps

The draft rVATO proposes new provisions that need to be taken into account along with the planned changes to the rSVATL when assessing all impacts of the upcoming changes on companies’ business operations in Switzerland. The partial revision of the Swiss VAT Ordinance is expected to become effective on 1 January 2025, at the same time as the revised Swiss VAT Law, leaving less than a year to complete the review and implementation process.

Stay tuned!

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed, we are pleased to announce a forthcoming series of blog posts that will cover the most significant changes in the revision of the Swiss VAT law and Swiss VAT ordinance. Whether you are involved in e-commerce, travel agency activities, or any other affected area, our blog series will provide you with insights into these changes. Stay tuned to remain up to date with the latest developments.

Deloitte will be happy to discuss with you the impacts on your business.

If you would like to discuss this topic, please do reach out to our key contacts below.


Key contacts


Romy Mueller - Partner, Indirect Tax

Romy is leading the Swiss Deloitte VAT team and is responsible for SAP Tax within Deloitte Switzerland. She has 20+ years experiences in advising Swiss and international companies in all VAT matters. Her focus is on international trade structures, M&A and post-merger integration.


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Constant Dimitriou - Director, Indirect Tax

Constant is a Director leading the Indirect Tax practice in Romandie (Geneva and Lausanne). He has 20+ years of experience in EU and Swiss VAT covering all industries with a focus on the trading and FSI sectors. He advises Swiss and foreign multinationals notably on complex supply chain projects (structuring and optimization), internal processes and controls, systems, VAT audits and VAT compliance. Constant regularly intervenes as external speaker on VAT matters and has been listed as a Swiss Indirect Tax Leader in the International Tax Review for many years.



Coralie Dumoulin - Director, Indirect Tax

Coralie is Indirect Tax Director with 19 years of experience in VAT. Prior to joining Deloitte, Coralie worked for a Swiss multinational company of the Manufacturing and Consumer Business sector. As Manager at Deloitte Switzerland, she was assigned on a 3-years secondment at Deloitte Global Tax Center (Europe). Coralie has a wide experience in many Swiss and European VAT matters, including practical skills in dealing on a day-to-day basis with the systems.



Tim Reck - Director, Indirect Tax

Tim an Indirect Tax Director based in the Deloitte Zürich office. With over 20 years' experience, Tim is one of the most experienced technical experts known for his work on advising international VAT across the 27 Members of the EU and Switzerland. Tim oversees VAT planning and execution of Swiss based principals trading internationally, from the initial conception of the company through to designing the efficient supply chain, the associated compliance, and ERP implementation. Tim is a Certified German Tax Accountant. He is a member of the VAT competency center of the professional organization for auditors and tax advisors, Expertsuisse. The International Tax Review has listed Tim as an Indirect Tax Leader 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 for Switzerland


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Steven Torres - Assistant Manager, Indirect Tax

Steven is an Assistant Manager in the Deloitte Indirect Tax team based in Geneva. With prior in-house experience, he has 5+ years of experience in assisting multinational companies with VAT consulting, VAT compliance as well as M&A due diligence projects.



Mona Bouasria - Senior Consultant, Indirect Tax

Mona is a Senior Consultant in the Deloitte VAT team based in Lausanne. She started her career in early 2021 after graduating from the University of Fribourg with a master's degree in Economics. In her daily work, she is involved in projects related to Swiss VAT compliance and VAT advisory for international and Swiss clients.



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