When it comes to tax and legal services, PwC is an established brand on the Swiss market. With 204 million CHF (gross: 260 million CHF), net revenues from this service line remained at the previous year’s level. Due to the debate on the federal tax proposal (TRAF), our special focus in the reporting year 2018/19 was on company taxation, as well as on indirect taxation as a result of changes in the VAT registration system. Furthermore, we successfully expanded PwC Legal Services.
In the past year, the uncertainties about the tax reform were omnipresent. Many companies had to postpone important strategic decisions while waiting for the outcome of the popular vote and the implementation proposal of the cantons. Such phases of transition call for mutual support, latest know-how and adequate technological tools. We therefore invested considerably in long-term resource planning, modern technologies and in our own structural and process-related transformation.
Furthermore, Switzerland’s VAT registration system changed fundamentally with the introduction of new technological tools. This resulted in new mandates for our global trade and customs experts. Overall, the need for services in the fields of company taxation and indirect taxation increased, having a positive effect on our business result.
Additionally, we put our emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With the introduction of a special platform for SMEs, we now offer an innovative service package that supports SMEs and family businesses in fiduciary matters and wage administration. As a local partner with many years of expertise in tax and organisation, we help companies to digitise their accounting in a useful way and at a fair price.
With our distinctive digital expertise, we are pushing our integrated consulting approach in all market segments and industries. It is our goal to improve Switzerland’s tax, legal and regulatory systems and advise our clients with passion and enthusiasm into the future too. We assist them in taking well-founded business decisions in tax and legal matters and in optimising their HR management as well as their operational excellence.
For the coming business year, we are focusing on three goals: to put our clients at the centre of our activities; to assist them with our best people and a sustainable service portfolio; and to fulfil the next generation’s expectations on first-class jobs and professional quality.
PwC’s tax and legal team was a great support when we were planning the implementation of the corporate taxation according to TRAF requirements. To be able to rely on a competent partner is very helpful, especially in times of change.
With more than 800 tax and legal advisors, PwC’s social role is comparatively important. That is why we intensified our cooperation with the Equal-Salary Foundation in the reporting year. The non-profit organisation has developed a scientific tool that allows companies to verify and communicate whether they pay their female and male employees equally for the same position. At PwC Switzerland, we are not only certified on equal pay ourselves, but we also assist other companies in the certification process with a preliminary test. With this commitment, we promote an integration-friendly recruitment policy and diversity of the workforce in other companies as well.
We are proud of PwC’s Equal-Salary Certification. It gives us a good feeling, and as employees, we can be sure that we are paid fairly and have equal opportunities.
CEO, PwC Switzerland
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