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  1. Lump-sum payout tax: There are considerable differences between the cantons when it comes to taxes on lump-sum payouts.

    Lump-sum payout tax: Seven things you should know long before retirement

    You can save taxes throughout your entire working life by paying into your employee benefits insurance and private pension. When you withdraw these amounts on retirement, they are subject to their own special tax: lump-sum payout tax. This varies depending on the canton and the amount of capital involved. An astute strategy can sometimes save a lot of money. The following seven points summarize the key information.

  2. Applying for and paying taxes on foreign pensions: What to do

    Do you live in Switzerland after having lived in a different country and accrued retirement savings there? Then you are entitled to a foreign pension when you retire. Learn how you can apply for a foreign pension and how foreign pensions are taxed in Switzerland.

  3. Partial retirement: Key facts on staggered retirement

    Leave the world of work step-by-step with partial retirement. 

    Partial retirement enables people to gradually reduce their level of employment, where permitted by the regulations of their pension fund and made possible by their employer. We look at the key points that need to be considered, and at why detailed planning is important if you intend to stagger your retirement. 

  4. Maximum Pillar 3a amount in 2019

    Maximum Pillar 3a amount in 2020

    Old Age and Survivors' Insurance (AHV) and employee benefits insurance (BVG) only cover 60 to 70 percent of the previous household income after retirement. If you want to maintain your accustomed standard of living even in your old age, you should therefore contribute the maximum Pillar 3a amount every year. But what are the maximum Pillar 3a amounts for 2020?

  5. Payout of pension fund assets: Reasons for withdrawing pension fund assets early

    Payout of pension fund assets. When is early withdrawal possible and how can you request it?

    Which requirements apply for an early withdrawal of pension fund assets, and how should you go about requesting a withdrawal? What insured parties in Switzerland should absolutely know if they wish to make an early pension fund withdrawal.

  6. Securities-based savings: Secure long-term potential returns with Pillar 3a funds

    Securities-based savings: Pillar 3a funds provide the following benefits

    The private pension provision, known as the third pillar, supplements the government and employee benefits insurance. As an alternative to a pension account, securities-based savings are an attractive investment solution. Those who invest early in their pension provision improve the potential for larger returns by using Pillar 3a funds.

  7. An advancement, a gift, or a loan? What you need to know.

    You have several options to provide your children with financial support. Learn about the differences between advancements, gifts, and interest-free loans, and what you need to be aware of when deciding between them. After all, you can only find the best solution for everyone if you know all the rules. 

  8. BVG conversion rate: How the conversion rate determines the BVG pension

    What is the conversion rate?

    The conversion rate is used to calculate the annual BVG pension from the available retirement capital. Anyone who wants to find out what pension is realistic after retirement  should know these important facts regarding the conversion rate and BVG regulations.

  9. Switzerland's pension system: The only constant is change

    Although it was restricted to soldiers and civil servants about 150 years ago, today it's available to everyone: a proper retirement provision. The fight to establish Switzerland's three-pillar system was long and arduous, but in 1985 it finally became law. All's well that ends well? – No. Unless major changes are made, a new wave of old-age poverty could lie ahead. The story continues.

  10. Bespoke retirement: Switzerland's four retirement models

    Retirement is a milestone in your professional life. That is why it needs to be planned well. Whether you choose to retire early at 58 or defer retirement until 70, and whether you take a partial retirement in stages or retire upon reaching the AHV retirement age: Learn about the pros and cons of the different retirement models and find out more in informative articles. These will help you find out which retirement model is best suited to your personal situation.