A Swiss foundation can be registered with a minimum capitalization of CHF 20,000, which can take the form of cash or other asset types. The foundation is run by a Board, with a requirement to have at least one Board member in Switzerland; it is additionally possible to apply with the Switzerland tax office for charitable status, provided the foundation is a non-profit organization and finance humanitarian, health, ecological, educational, scientific or cultural activities and projects. Upon approval, the foundation is legally tax exempt in Switzerland.

Switzerland Foundation Legal Requirements

Switzerland  Foundation

Corporate Details

General

  • Registered Agent and Office
Yes
  • Type of Entity

Foundation

  • Duration

 To perpetuity

  • Minimum Capitalization

CHF 20,000

  • Beneficial Owner

Yes

Founder

  • Minimum No Founders

2

  • Nominee
Yes
  • Qualification 1

Beneficiary but not a sole Beneficiary

Foundation Council

  • Minimum No of Councillors

1

  • Qualifications 1

Founder may be a Councillor but not the sole Councillor

Secretary

  • Local Requirements

Yes

Accounts

  • Requirements to Prepare

Yes

  • Requirements to file accounts

Yes

  • Publicly accessible accounts

Yes

Switzerland Foundation Tax Treatment

Between 0% and 24%

Switzerland Foundation Duration for Set Up

Around 4 Weeks

Switzerland Foundation Distinctive Benefits

  • Strong economy and currency
  • Liberal tax system
  • Efficient and reliable administration

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  1. Speedy, Efficient and consistent Services.
  2. Relentless effort to obtain bank accounts.
  3. Expert advice on structuring options.
  4. Dedicated ongoing compliance support.