COVID-19 Fixed Costs Subsidy II of up to EUR 800,000

On 23 November 2020, the Guidelines on the Fixed Costs Subsidy II of up to EUR 800,000 were published in the Austrian Federal Law Gazette. In the following entry, we provide information on the key points: General prerequisites for application Companies which have their legal seat or permanent establishment (PE) in Austria, and which carry out operational […]

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Lockdown: Extension of compensation for lost revenues

Due to the Austrian COVID-19 Prevention Measures Ordinance, in place since the beginning of November 2020, certain sectors in Austria are again subject to restrictions. To provide those affected with support as quickly and directly as possible, the Austrian Federal Government has introduced compensation for revenues which were lost due to the lockdown as an immediate […]

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Mandatory wage tax deduction for employers without a PE for wage tax purposes in Austria about to be revoked?

From 01. January 2020 on, employers of individuals subject to unlimited taxation in Austria are required to withhold Austrian wage tax. However, due to a legislative motion for the planned COVID-19 Tax Measures Act, which was submitted on 20 November 2020, this provision now seems likely to be – retroactively – revoked: Thus, foreign employers […]

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Lockdown: Compensation for lost revenues

To provide quick and direct support to those sectors in Austria affected by the most recent official closure due to the COVID-19 Prevention Measures Ordinance (COVID-19-SchuMaV) from 3 November 2020, the Austrian Federal Government has introduced compensation for revenues lost due to the lockdown as an immediate grant. The Lockdown Revenue Compensation Guidelines were published on […]

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New investment premium as an incentive for companies

The COVID-19 investment premium is intended to incentivise business investments and counteract the current reluctance of Austrian companies to invest. The Austrian Investment Premium Act (InvPrG) entered into force on 25 July 2020, with the relevant funding guidelines following on 11 August 2020 which was slightly adapted on September 1, 2020. Here you will find […]

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Avoidance of claim interest and reduction of pre-payments for CIT and IIT – applications can be made until 30 September or 31 October 2020

Reminder: Down payments to avoid claim interest for corporate income tax and individual income tax for the year 2019, as well as applications for the reduction of pre-payments for corporate income tax and individual income tax 2020, need to be made by 30 September 2020! Applications for reductions due to COVID-19-related revenue losses can continue to be […]

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Reduction of the VAT rate to 5% in selected industries

To support the hospitality, cultural and publishing industries in Austria, which have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, a reduced VAT rate of 5% will be introduced for specific items for a limited period. The reduced rate will apply from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2020. Hospitality (food and drink) Deviating from Section 10 Austrian VAT […]

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New: Mandatory electronic delivery of documents for businesses in Austria since 1 January 2020

Since 1 January 2019, businesses in Austria have been able to participate in a scheme for electronic delivery of official documents. Since 1 January 2020, all businesses (with limited exceptions) are now required to participate.[1] The background to this requirement is Section 1 of the Austrian E-Government Act (E-GovG), which entered into force on 1 January 2020. Under the […]

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COVID-19: Update on new support measures

On 4 April 2020, the Austrian Parliament passed three further legal COVID-19 packages (3rd, 4th and 5th Austrian COVID-19 Acts). These include new legal provisions, as well as clarifications and extensions of the previous COVID-19 Acts. This update provides an overview of the new legal packages in connection with COVID-19 support measures and represents the […]

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COVID-19: Guidelines on Subsidy for Fixed Costs published

On 25 May 2020, the Austrian Ministry of Finance published the guidelines on the fixed cost subsidy as part of the Corona Support Fund. The following update provides an overview of eligibility criteria and the application procedure from 20 May 2020. This article, originally published on 15 May, has been updated and represents the information available to […]

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