During a meeting with the Ticinese government this Friday in Bellinzona, Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer said that the Italian-Swiss agreement on the taxation of border crossers will be signed by the end of the year.
The Italian-Swiss agreement on the taxation of border crossers will be signed by the end of the year. The Confederation examined Ticino’s requests “constructively”, assured Ueli Maurer on Friday after meeting with the Ticino government.
The agreement was initialed by Italy and Switzerland in 2015, but was never signed. It will probably be by the two finance ministers by the end of the year, said Ueli Maurer and the President of the Ticino government Norman Gobbi during a press briefing in Bellinzona.
The parliamentary procedure for its entry into force will, however, take about two years for Switzerland, said the Confederation’s treasurer.
Ueli Maurer underlined that the objective of the Confederation and Ticino is to obtain a better percentage on the taxation of cross-border workers and to fight against wage dumping which causes a sharp fall in wages in the canton of the southern Alps. “They are 20% lower than the rest of Switzerland,” said Norman Gobbi.
Access to the Italian financial market
More than 60,000 cross-border commuters cross the border every day to come and work in Switzerland, in particular in Ticino, but also in Valais and Graubünden. Until now, they are only taxed in Switzerland, on the basis of an agreement dating from 1974.
Switzerland retrocedes 38.8% of this tax collected at source to Italy. This is sent to Rome, then donated to the municipalities of residence of border residents. The agreement initialed in December 2015 provides for border crossers to be imposed in both countries in the future.
Satisfied with progress
A month ago, the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga and the head of the Italian government Giuseppe Conte had already expressed the hope that this agreement could be ready by the end of the year. They both said they were satisfied with the progress made, according to Giuseppe Conte, who called for “an agreement that is as beneficial as possible for both countries.”
Ueli Maurer added that after concluding the agreement on the taxation of cross-border commuters, he wanted to resolve the issue of access to the Italian financial market for Swiss operators.