Checklist for starting a general partnership

To start a general partnership, don’t forget that you must meet certain criteria. Below is a list of the most important ones.

  • Budget for start-up costs
  • Get tax advice and calculate taxes for establishing your business
  • Decide the company name (obtain clarification from the cantonal trade register)
  • Draft a partnership agreement
  • Register with the trade register
  • Register with the Old-Age and Survivors' Insurance (OASI) compensation fund
  • If you have employees, register with the Old-Age and Survivors' Insurance (OASI) compensation fund and take out mandatory Occupational Pension insurance (OP) and Accident insurance (UV) policies
  • Determine whether your general partnership will be charged VAT. If VAT must be paid, register with the Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

Last modification 10.07.2018

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