Covid-19: Impact on federal finances

Covid-19: Impact on federal finances

The pandemic has had a profound impact on federal finances. However, Switzerland's low government debt means that it is well positioned.

Tax burden has fallen

Tax burden has fallen

In two thirds of the cantons, the tax burden has fallen relative to the last reference year. This is demonstrated by the 2021 fiscal capacity utilization index computed by the Federal Finance Administration (FFA).

Fees usually lower than costs

Fees usually lower than costs

On average in Switzerland, 77% of the costs in selected task areas were financed by fees in 2018, meaning the indicator has thus remained stable compared to the previous year. This is demonstrated by the indicator of fee-based financing in the cantons and municipalities computed by the Federal Finance Administration (FFA).

Second extrapolation 2020

Second extrapolation 2020

The Confederation is reckoning on a deficit of CHF 20 billion for this year. However, considerable uncertainty remains, and the increase in COVID-19 cases could have an even greater impact on the federal budget.

Key topics

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Debt brake

The rule not to spend more than you earn ensures a sustainable fiscal policy.

Debt brake

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Federal budget

Public finances at federal level – a transparent financial report provides detailed information on the Federal Treasury's receipts and expenditure

Federal finances at a glanceState financial statements

Publications

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Financial statistics

Public finances at general government level (Confederation, cantons, communes and social security funds) allow for national and international comparisons.

DataOverview of government finances

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National fiscal equalization

Various equalization mechanisms (e.g. resource equalization and cost compensation) reduce the cantonal differences and increase efficiency.

FFA vacancies

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Data centre

Are you looking for figures on the federal budget? You can view graphical data series in our data centre.

Datas


Term
2045
Amount
175.850 mn
Return
-0.235%

28.09.2020 / 2020 State indicators

Deficit/surplus ratio (% GDP)
-3.7%
Tax-to-GDP ratio (% GDP)
28.4%
General government expenditure ratio (% GDP)
38.1%
Debt ratio (% GDP)
29.1%

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