For lower wage amounts, it is possible to use the simplified procedure for the payment of social insurance contributions. This procedure is intended to reduce the workload of employers and is voluntary. Small wage amounts can also be settled using the standard procedure.
The following requirements must be met to ensure that the simplified procedure can be applied:
Benefits of the simplified payment procedure: you have less work and your employees generally benefit from a more favourable tax rate!
You only pay the social insurance contributions once a year
With the simplified payment procedure, you pay the respective social insurance contributions once a year, while the standard payment procedure requires that you make monthly or quarterly payments on account depending on the wage level.
Payment of social insurance contributions and taxation of income in one
Using the simplified payment procedure, the employee's income is taxed at the same time that the social insurance contributions are settled.
Generally a lower tax rate
The employee benefits from a uniform tax rate of 5% which is in many cases more favourable than ordinary taxation. This rate includes both the direct federal tax and the cantonal tax. As this income is not considered for ordinary taxation, it is also not taken into account for tax progression purposes.
No wage statement
The employer is not required to issue a wage statement and thus has a smaller workload.