Quota system: New extension of deadline for tax returns for 2020
As previously reported in our Tax Newsletter of 16 March 2022, the grace period for the submission of tax returns for 2020 for taxpayers with tax representatives was initially extended by three months (from 31 March 2022) to 30 June 2022. The Austrian Ministry of Finance (BMF) has now extended this period by a further three months to 30 September 2022.
Tax returns (e.g. individual and corporate income tax returns or annual VAT returns) generally have to be submitted by 30 June of the following year (if submitted electronically).
The tax authority may extend the deadline for submission of tax returns on a case-by-case basis (discretionary decision) following a substantiated request (individual extension of submission deadline). If no extension is granted, an additional period of at least one week must be granted.
If a taxpayer has a tax representative, the taxpayer can make use of the quota system. In this case, tax returns have to be submitted by 31 March of the second subsequent year at the latest. If this deadline cannot be observed, the same provisions for individual extensions apply as described above.
In accordance with a BMF decree of 10 June 2022, due to the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual grace period of one month (April) will be extended to a total of six months (end of September).
This means that tax returns for 2020, which would have had to be submitted by 31 March 2022 under the quota system, will be deemed to be on time if they are submitted by 30 September 2022. This does not apply to cases for which a deadline has been imposed.