Changes in the practice regarding tax exemption of charitable foundations in the Cantons of Zurich and Vaud
Changes in the practice regarding tax exemption of charitable foundations…
As of February 1, 2024, the Canton of Zurich has relaxed its practice on the tax exemption for charitable institutions, making Zurich a more attractive jurisdiction in particular for foundations. Reasonable remuneration, activities abroad and entrepreneurial support models (impact investments) are now explicitly permitted.
On January 29, 2024, the Vaud Tax Administration published guidelines specifying its practice with regard to the remuneration of members of the governing bodies of tax-exempt charitable institutions.
The changes generally apply to the tax exemption of all charitable institutions. In the following, the focus is placed on charitable foundations, whereby possible actions for existing foundations are highlighted.