Here you will find the most frequently asked questions and answers about moving abroad.
No. The vested benefits account can also be left in place up to no later than your 70th birthday (69th birthday for women). During this period, the vested benefit assets are not subject either to income tax, wealth tax or withholding tax.
You may not make any partial withdrawals. The only exception is if you move to an EU/EFTA country. In this case, the BVG portion must, by law, remain in Switzerland. THis can then also be taken from your 60th birthday (men) or 59th birthday (women).
The earliest date for payment is one day after the official date of deregistration from Switzerland. No prior payment is permitted.
The retirement assets have to be transferred to the Independent Vested benefits Foundation for processing.
You then make the request for payment by submitting the application for payment in cash, together with the necessary documents (see checklist cash payment), to the foundation. Your documents will be checked to determine if they are complete and if so, the withholding tax will be calculated and deducted. We will then trasnfer the amount to your chosen bank account. As confirmation, you will receive a final Statement containing a list of all the deductions and charges.
As soon as we are in possession of all the documents, it takes 10 working days before ayment to your account can be triggered.
Please take note of any cancellation periods depending on the bank.
Since the introduction of new divorce law, which came into force on the 01.01.2017, all payment forms must be co-signed by the partner. This applies to married persons or persons in a regstered partnership. For reasons of due diligence, the signatures must also be notarised.
Payment to a foreign bank account an only be accepted in exceptional cases. Please contact us for any information.
In agreement with the foundation, the signatures can also be certified by a notary. In this case, an additional form of certification is required, the so-called apostille. This document must be provided to us, together with the original application for cash payment.
The certificate of registration (gas, water or electricity Statement) must not be older than three months. The applicable date in this respect is the date on which we receive the documents.
The retirement assets cannot be taken for three years after the purchase. I this respect, the value date of the purchase is definitive.
The departure stateent will be sent to us direct by your previous pension institution on the transfer of your vested benefit assets. You do not Need to send us this document again.
The consultation and processing fee is dependent on the amount of the retirement asests and will be debited to your vested benefits account.
|up to 0.5 million
|> 0.5 million
|> 1.0 million
Exception: flatrate CHF 2'000 consultation and processing fee if the retirement assets were invested in securities for less than 12 months.
The key factor is whether there is a dual taxation agreement between your new country of residence and Switzerland. If the agreement allows for a refund and providing you properly declare your retirement assets at your new place of domicile, you can apply for a refund of the withholding tax.
You will find the corresponding form on the Website of the Schwyz Tax Office.
The taxation varies from country to country. We recommend you to consult a local tax adviser to clarify this issu.