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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. completed
Creation of an interface for machine-to-machine delivery of return data. postponed (31.12.2021)
Creation of a low-threshold accessible solution for the submission of regu-lar VAT returns. 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» has also been implemented. Now it is possible to upload the VAT- related data directly from the accounting systems to the FTA SuisseTax online VAT returns. Fiduciaries and tax representatives can now apply for deadline extensions for all companies represented in a single procedure. As of the middle of 2018, the FTA SuisseTax portal exceeded the number of 100,000 companies submitting their VAT returns online.

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