“Everyone must be aware of their own tax issues”, Louis Tornay, Swiss Tax Services SA
Faced with the growing complexity of the field, the use of a qualified tax expert is often necessary. Founder of Swiss Tax Services SA, Louis Tornay offers personalized and specialized support.
What is your definition of the tax profession?
Once, I asked one of my children, who was 4 and a half at the time, if he knew my work. He replied: “your job is to make the taxes not too big”. I then asked him if he knew what a tax was. He replied: “money”.
This is a very simplified, but quite telling, way of explaining the role of a tax specialist. As much as possible, his/her role is to reduce the clients’ tax bill. But the environment may vary. When I worked with the tax authority, the point of view was different since it was a question of verifying the accuracy of the information presented, with regard to the various tax laws.
What skills should a tax professional have?
To respond to the diversity and complexity of tax issues, you must first acquire solid technical knowledge, which the federal diploma of tax expert validates. But this is not enough as the practitioner is regularly confronted with changes in laws or case law. This requires regular ongoing training to keep up to date.
More broadly, a tax specialist must have solid notions of law, economics and finance, to understand the specific issues of his clients. In Verbier, the international component is also an important factor.
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