Michaela Merz

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Do we still need printed newspapers?

For many years I have had a newspaper subscription. When the digital version of the newspaper was introduced, I very quickly switched to the electronic version. It is easier, more practical, always to hand and one can search the archives. It is also friendlier to the environment, because not a single tree has to be felled because of my reading mania.

But I read the electronic issue differently from the printed paper. In the electronic version my approach is very focused and I really only look at what interests me particularly. I don’t even click on other topics and advertising annoys me terribly. Every advertisement is clicked away immediately, usually before it is even clear what they are advertising. The advertisements, which force me to watch them for a few seconds before I can remove them, make me so mad (after all someone is trying to force his will on me) that the supplier has no chance at all with me.

The printed issue is different. I leaf through the whole newspaper, frequently become interested in a subject, which I had skipped in the electronic version and read both the death notices (in the electronic version never) and even some of the advertisements. And that is good, because only in this way do I discover some exciting events, which I then attend and am grateful that I had discovered them at all. In the last issue there was the Swiss championships in Poetry Slam and also a lecture about Japan.

What is the future of printed newspapers? I fear that in 20 years they won‘t exist any more. Then I’ll presumably have to change the way I read the newspaper. But there are worse things.

To close, the professional information: the electronic version of the newspaper, which in the past carried a higher VAT rate than the printed newspaper, is now treated equally. Following the partial revision of the Swiss VAT Law at 1.1.2018 both are charged with the reduced VAT rate. I’m very pleased about that. It doesn’t matter that you hadn’t even noticed. But you can still be pleased.

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Braucht es noch Papierzeitungen?

Ich bin eine langjährige Zeitungsabonnentin. Als die digitale Version der Zeitung kam bin ich sehr schnell auf elektronische Version umgestiegen. Es ist einfacher, praktischer, immer verfügbar und man kann in den Archiven suchen. Noch dazu ist es umweltfreundlicher weil kein einziger Baum wegen meiner Lesewut gefällt werden muss.

Aber ich lese die elektronische Ausgabe anders als die Papierzeitung. Bei der elektronischen Version gehe ich sehr gezielt vor und schaue wirklich nur das an, was mich brennend interessiert. Andere Themen klicke ich gar nicht an und Werbung nervt mich grauenhaft. Jegliche Anzeigen werden sofort weggeklickt meistens noch vor dem klar ist wozu sie eigentlich werben. Continue reading

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7. Schweizer Zollrechtstagung 2018

Die immer komplexer werdenden Vorschriften in Bezug auf die internationalen Lieferstrukturen stellen die Schweizer Unternehmen zunehmend vor grosse Herausforderungen. Zudem spielen auch die voranschreitende Digitalisierung und neue technologische Entwicklungen eine zentrale Rolle. Continue reading

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India – SC holds that no service tax is payable on reimbursable expenditure or cost incurred by the service provider before 14 May, 2015

Section 67 of the Finance Act, 1994 (the FA, 1994) deals with the valuation of taxable services for the purpose of levy of service tax. Further, the Service Tax (Determination of Value) Rules, 2006 (the Rules) were also issued, to specify inclusion or exclusion of various amounts in the value of taxable services. Continue reading

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UK – Making tax digital as from 1 of April 2019 – The end of TAX Return

HMRC starting to transform the tax system, so that it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers as well as for the controls done by HMRC themselves.

VAT has been online since 2010 and over 98% of VAT registered businesses already file electronic returns. Continue reading

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India – 200 days of GST – The Road Ahead

India successfully implemented its most ambitious tax reform on 1st July 2017. The transition to the new regime has been relatively smooth except for the technology related challenges for GST compliances. The Government of India (‘GOI’) has also been quick in taking remedial action such as simplifying the GST compliances, reduction in GST rates and enforcing the anti-profiteering provisions. Continue reading

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India – GST Council temporarily extends the present system of filing of returns and export benefits for procurement of goods and recommends implementation of e-way bill scheme in a phased manner from 01 April 2018

In its 26th meeting held on 10 March 2018, the GST Council has decided to extend the present system of compliance for taxpayers for another 3 months up to June 2018, and the export benefits for procurement of goods for another 6 months up to 01 October 2018. Continue reading