Tax relief as part of regional policy
As part of federal regional policy, there is specific support for the economic development of structurally weak regions such as mountain areas, rural districts and border areas. Major investment and innovation projects and the establishment of new companies in these regions can be supported by the federal government through tax relief (see map of applicable regions in Fig. 3). The main requirement for federal tax relief is that the canton in question also supports the project by providing equivalent tax relief.
Applicable regions for tax relief, 2007
Source: State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
The application process for tax relief in connection with regional policies is always handled by the cantons. The cantonal economic development agencies in question provide advice on the best way to proceed.
See section 'State support' for further information.