Registering a company in the Canton of Lucerne (Switzerland) - YB Case 2024

Company registration  in Lucerne (Switzerland)

Lucerne (Switzerland)

Lucerne is a cultural capital of Central Switzerland and one of its 26 cantons. The official language is German. The area of ​​the canton is 1493 km², and a part of this territory is occupied by the exclave Bürgenstock.

Switzerland and European countries have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). The country is one of the largest exporters of goods in the world.

If you are interested in setting up a company in Lucerne and opening a corporate account with Swiss bank, then YB Case experts recommend you asking for personal advice on a business organization process in Switzerland.

Business advantages

According to the Doing Business 2020, Switzerland ranked 20th in taxation, 36th in ease of doing business and 18th in ease of registering property.

Registering a company in the Canton of Lucerne will be a good idea due to low tax rates (corporate tax is 1,5%) . Lucerne is included in the list of zones in Switzerland with the lowest taxes, along with Zug, Obwalden and Nidwalden.

At the same time, Switzerland has the lowest VAT in Europe at 8% (preferential rates are 2,5% and 3,8%). If you decide to set up a Swiss company and its turnover will be less than 100 thousand CHF you will be not subject to VAT.

Leading economic sectors

One of the most popular options for conducting business is registering a cryptocurrency company in Switzerland and obtaining a Swiss crypto license.

CHF is the most stable currency in the world. In addition, there is the best banking system in the world, and in the near future, all operations can be carried out remotely. For example, opening an account for a company in Lucerne remotely, managing profits and accounts using an electronic signature, etc.

90% of the country’s territory is used for the cultivation of crops, fruits and livestock production.

If you want to set up a company in the Canton of Lucerne, then take a closer look at the most popular business lines:

  • Textile industry;
  • Pulp and paper industry;
  • Laminate production (Kronoswiss);
  • Tobacco industry;
  • Machinery;
  • Watchmaking;
  • Wood industry;
  • Metallurgy.

Also, it will be profitable to register a travel company in Lucerne. YB Case experts will assist you in choosing the most appropriate type of activity for your future company. For more information, you can request for advice on a Swiss company registration procedure and opening an account with Swiss banks

Legal forms

Most entrepreneurs seek to set up a GmbH in Switzerland (SARL), because it is the most easy-to manage legal form. The average corporate tax rate is 18.4%.

Other business entity types:

  • AG (tax rate is 18.4%);
  • LP/GP (tax rate is 0%);
  • RO (tax rate is 0%);
  • Holding company (tax rate is 7,8%);
  • Charitable foundation (tax rate is 0%);
  • Branch (tax rate is 18.4%).

If you have questions about these business entity types, you can receive a qualified advisor by calling our office.

Registration requirements

In order to set up a company in Switzerland remotely and open a bank account for a company in Switzerland, you will need to fulfill the following conditions:

  • A unique name with specification of a legal form;
  • At least 2 directors (1 must be a resident of Switzerland). YB Case specialists will provide you with qualified assistance in selecting a Swiss citizen for this position;
  • At least 2 shareholders;
  • The share capital of 20 thousand CHF;
  • Registering a company in Lucerne requires an annual renewal. State duty is 1850 EUR.
  • Audit is required. There is a public register of beneficiaries and shareholders;
  • Registered office;
  • The secretary is not required.

Registration terms: up to 2 months.

To learn more, we recommend you asking for individual advice on the account opening with a Swiss bank and a company registration process. Also, YB Case professional team can assist you in obtaining a license in the Canton of Lucerne.

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