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Die Primärinzidenz von Bankgeheimnis und Verrechnungssteuer in den Kantonen der Schweiz


  • Manfred Gärtner



Swiss banking secrecy laws not only tempt foreign investors to remain silent about at least part of their capital incomes and, thus, not pay taxes as obliged by law. Therefore, Switzerland introduced a withholding tax on capital income in 1934, primarily in order to coerce domestic residents to report levels of wealth and derived incomes properly. This paper asks whether a withholding tax rate of 35 percent suffices to achieve this goal. For this purpose, marginal income tax rates are computed and income distributions are estimated for each of Switzerland's 26 cantons, distinguishing between married and unmarried tax payers. From these raw data we compute income levels and shares of tax payers for whom the withholding tax does not work as intended.

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  • Manfred Gärtner, 2006. "Die Primärinzidenz von Bankgeheimnis und Verrechnungssteuer in den Kantonen der Schweiz," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 2006-20, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-20

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    Banking secrecy; income tax; withholding tax; incidence; tax evasion; income distribution;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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