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Electronic reporting of VAT

Studies have shown that company representatives frequently request the electronic processing of value added tax. Companies subject to VAT should be given the option of submitting their regular VAT returns entirely electronically. The FTA's existing online offering is being expanded in a targeted manner for that purpose. The administrative burden for companies will be reduced significantly as a result.

Target state of the strategic project

Companies subject to VAT have the option of submitting their regular VAT returns entirely electronically. The FTA's existing online offering is being expanded in a targeted manner for that purpose. This will relieve companies significantly.

eVAT film

The eVAT film clearly illustrates how value added tax returns can be filed electronically.

Measures supported in the strategic plan

Measure/deliverable Deadline
Specification of the VAT declaration data that enables the suppliers of ERP systems to provide compliant data after implementing the following steps.  completed
Extension of the existing FTA SuisseTax portal solution, adding functionality that allows for uploading return data generated in XML format from clients' ERP systems. 30.06.2018
Creation of an interface for machine-to-machine delivery of return data (the implementation of this measure is conditional on the availability of a suitable and financially viable authentication solution for the automatic delivery of VAT declaration data). 31.12.2019

eVAT implementation status

Since the introduction of the electronic VAT declaration in the FTA SuisseTax portal, around 25% of companies subject to VAT in Switzerland have already started to use this online service.

The first measure, "Specification of VAT declaration data", was completed in the third quarter of 2017. The result is published in eCH-0217 standard form at www.ech.ch.

The second measure, "XML upload", is currently being implemented. This extension is expected to further increase the use of the SuisseTax portal.

Further information

Information for software manufacturers

Organisation responsible for project

Federal Tax Administration, Main Value Added Tax Division / IT Division

Contact person: Rudolf Wachter, Project Manager

Contact: rudolf.wachter(at)estv.admin.ch, +41 58 463 75 06