German Tax & Legal Center (GTLC)

German Tax & Legal Center (GTLC)

For tax opportunities in the German-Swiss economic region, KPMG has a specialized team of experienced experts in Zurich.

Experienced experts for the German-Swiss economic region.

Services for private individuals
Often factors in both Switzerland and Germany are relevant to your personal tax situation. Let our tax professionals support you with your cross-border considerations, for instance with regard to:

  • Double taxation treaty between Germany and Switzerland
  • Cross-border changes of residence 
  • Acquisition of real estate and equity investments
  • Taxation of pension fund income 
  • International succession planning (e.g. donations, inheritances, wills) 
  • Communication and fiscal court proceedings in Germany

Our knowledgeable and experienced team can advise you on the complexities of international tax law and take care of your declaration obligations.

Corporate tax law and corporate tax compliance
If you’re planning to launch, expand or restructure business operations in Germany or Switzerland, it is worth seeking specialist tax and legal advice. KPMG’s GTLC is your one-stop-shop for expert advice and support in approaching your specific challenges regarding German and international tax law. We advise across a spectrum of topics, including international tax planning, business start-ups, accounting and German-Swiss employee assignments.

Advice in connection with financial authorities and fiscal courts
A knowledgeable guide can make all the difference in managing external and company audits or fiscal court proceedings in Germany. With many years’ experience, we are skilled at dealing with various issues relating to international tax law and fiscal court proceedings, and can provide you with expert support in critical situations.

Consulting for financial service providers
The GTLC offers professional services and solutions in connection with German tax law for Swiss and Liechtenstein financial service providers such as banks, fin-tech firms and family offices. In times of growing regulation and transparency, tax compliance is an increasingly important aspect of financial assets and products. Let us advise you on site or provide tailored training to your employees.

Multishore Tax Reporting
Tax returns can be complex for Swiss banks’ foreign private clients, who often have to determine their capital income themselves or pay a tax advisor to do so. This can be very time-consuming and expensive. Swiss banks can secure a strategic advantage – and satisfied clients – by installing a professional tax reporting system for clients’ use. KPMG’s Multishore Tax Reporting is an electronic solution that generates tax reports quickly and efficiently via an interface to the core banking system. Since 2018, KPMG has also been offering a combinable software solution for withholding tax refunds in strategic cooperation with SIX.

Self-disclosure – avoid penalty in Germany
Already on 1 January 2017, the agreement on the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) came into force between Germany and Switzerland (first notification due in September 2018). Self-disclosure remains an area of focus in Germany. At first glance the German legal provisions hint at possible impunity – but dangerous pitfalls lurk behind the requirements. Our specialists, based in both Switzerland and Liechtenstein, advise you on self-disclosure and help you avoid paying penalties in Germany.

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