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    The OECD Report on Taxation and Philanthropy: Main Findings and Policy Options for Switzerland
    ( 2021) ;
    Henry Peter
    This article discusses the recent OECD report in the field of taxation and philanthropy, presenting its main findings and policy options for Switzerland. The Swiss legislator could be inspired by certain suggestions, such as clearly defining the policy goals for incentivising philanthropy with taxes, reassessing the current restrictions on tax support for cross-border philanthropy, and improving data collection on tax incentives for charitable giving.
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    Encouraging Sustainable Investment through Direct Tax Relief: Swiss and EU State Aid Legal Framework
    ( 2020) ;
    Henry Peter
    Direct tax incentives for individual investors are one of the policy measures that governments use to generate funds to develop the sustainable business sector. There are a number of arguments in favor of these measures. Existing research in behavioral science shows that the majority of investors perceive sustainable businesses as less profitable. It is also known, at least so far, that companies which follow sustainable commercial practices find it harder to attract investors. Several governments have identified this issue and enacted tax incentives specifically designed to encourage investors to turn to sustainable businesses. This type of economic policy approach is, however, still very rare, and the literature on the topic is sparse. This article seeks to provide input from a legal standpoint, highlighting the rationale and feasibility in the light of the fundamental principles of taxation, as well as of EU state aid rules, because this is an issue that inevitably arises. In particular, it analyzes whether encouraging sustainable investments via direct tax relief for investors is compatible with the legal framework for EU state aid and Swiss legislation. Depending on how such tax incentives are structured, we argue that they can be compatible with both.
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