09.07.2019 – National fiscal equalization aims to mitigate the differences between the cantons in terms of their financial capacity. The efficacy analysis showed that the target of a minimum financial resources level per capita of 85% of the Swiss average was considerably exceeded in all cantons during the period from 2016 to 2019. Based on this analysis and the outcome of the consultation process, the Federal Council is proposing a reform of fiscal equalization in its dispatch to Parliament. The most important element should be to increase the minimum financing for resource equalization to 86.5% of the Swiss mean and at the same time guarantee it. Parliament approved this reform in the final vote of 21 June 2019. The partial revision of the Fiscal Equalization and Cost Compensation Act will come into force on 1 January 2020.
In 2019, total fiscal equalization payments will amount to just over CHF 5.2 billion. Equalization payments of just under CHF 5.3 billion are planned for 2020, which is around CHF 61 million more than in 2019.