Limitation of distributions and bonus payments due to COVID-19 subsidies

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, a recurring view in Austrian political discussions has been that companies should refrain from paying out dividends in the present situation, especially if they benefit from state support in connection with coronavirus (e.g. through the short-time working model). Others argue that a prohibition of distributions under company law […]

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VAT reduction for hospitality, cultural and publishing sectors

On 12 June 2020, the Austrian Minister of Finance announced a new supporting measure for the hospitality, tourism and cultural sectors. Accordingly, a reduced VAT rate of 5% will apply for supplies of all food and beverages in restaurants and other catering establishments, as well as for access to museums, cinemas or musical events and supplies […]

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Austrian Ministry of Finance on permanent establishment issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 prevention measures, many employees have for several months been unable to carry out their activities at the location at which they would normally have worked before the pandemic. In cross-border circumstances, this can lead to undesired changes in taxation rights between states – for example, due to the creation of permanent […]

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COVID-19: Tax and social security consequences for expats

For individuals involved in cross-border activities – whether business travel, short-term or long-term assignments, or regular activities in multiple states – it is necessary to check whether the social security or tax situation will change if a greater proportion of activities are carried out from a home office. This article, originally published on 18 March, […]

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COVID-19: Support package for start-ups

In mid April, the Austrian federal government presented a COVID package for start-ups. The goal is to support Austrian start-ups that have run into financing and liquidity problems due to the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID start-up package comprises a support fund and a venture capital fund. This article (originally dated 20 April) represents the information […]

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Repayment of tax credits despite deferred arrears

In accordance with the 18th COVID-19 Act, to improve the liquidity situation of companies, it should temporarily be possible for tax credits to be repaid to the taxable person despite of due arrears on their tax account. This is especcialy relevant for tax credits resulting from monthly VAT returns (input VAT surplus) for March or […]

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COVID-19 and international tax law: OECD on permanent establishments and residence status

The measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic have caused severe restrictions on international mobility. In international tax law, this could lead to unintended changes in the right to tax between countries, such as through the creation of a permanent establishment (PE) or a change in the place of effective management for companies operating internationally. The […]

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Additional extension of due dates for annual financial statements

On 4 April 2020, the 4th Austrian COVID-19 Act was passed, which amends the COVID-19 Company Law Act (COVID-19-GesG) of 22 March 2020 and introduces additional simplifications for businesses in terms of compliance with their legal obligations. The following due dates and exceptions now apply under Austrian company law: This article represents the information available to us […]

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COVID-19: Customs relief and VAT exemption on imports of goods to combat the ongoing coronavirus crisis

In Decision 2020/491 of 3 April 2020, the European Commission granted relief from import duties (incl. customs duties), and a VAT exemption on importation, for goods needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak during 2020. Customs law (Council Regulation No. 1186/2009) and Council Directive 2009/132/EC envisage the possibility of relief from customs duties and exemption […]

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COVID-19: Austrian Alcohol Tax Act – tax-exempt alcohol for production of disinfectants

The Austrian Ministry of Finance has introduced simplifications in relation to the use of tax-exempt alcohol for the production of disinfectants. In addition to an application to the Customs Office, applications may also be made by email to the address corona@bmf.gv.at by 31 May 2020, in accordance with Austrian regulation BGBl II 121/2020. This includes applications for approval […]

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