Potential TRAF referendum on 19 May 2019

Bern, 28.09.2018 - A potential referendum on the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF; formerly tax proposal 17) is planned to be held on 19 May 2019. The law is to enter into force on 1 January 2020. This decision was taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on 28 September 2018, after examining possible earlier referendum dates.

By holding a potential  referendum on 19 May 2019, the legal deadlines and processes for referendums can be respected. Before reaching this decision, the Federal Council also closely examined the possibility of bringing forward the referendum date to 10 February 2019. However, the current legal requirements and political considerations do not allow this. Proper organisation and implementation of the referendum would not be guaranteed.

Based on the above-mentioned considerations, the Federal Council decided on the voting date of 19 May 2019. The preparatory work for the implementation of this reform in the cantons can begin right after the final vote in Parliament.

Address for enquiries

Roland Meier, Media Spokesperson FDF
Tel. +41 58 462 60 86, roland.meier@gs-efd.admin.ch

For questions relating to political rights:
Ursula Eggenberger, Head of Federal Chancellery Communications
Tel. +41 58 462 37 63, ursula.eggenberger@bk.admin.ch


The Federal Council

Federal Department of Finance

Federal Department of Finance

Last modification 03.10.2018

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