Update on COVID-19 subsidies

The following contribution provides an overview of planned and implemented changes to existing COVID-19 subsidies, as well as of new COVID-19 subsidies (last updated: 1 June 2021). Investment premium On 25 March 2021, the Austrian Investment Premium Act was amended with the announcement of the 2nd Austrian COVID-19 Tax Measures Act (2. COVID-19-StMG). The amendment […]

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New letter ruling on permanent establishments in the case of auxiliary activities within a company group

On 1 June 2021, the Austrian Ministry of Finance (MoF) published EAS (Express Answer Service) 3432. In this letter ruling, the MoF confirmed its previous view that there is only one set of circumstances in which activities, which by their nature constitute preparatory or auxiliary activities, do not lead to the creation of a permanent establishment […]

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COVID-19 phased payment plans – interrelation with tax liabilities due on 15 June 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have made use of simplified payment options – in particular, deferred payments. Tax liabilities that were due by 31 May 2021 have been automatically included in approved deferrals. The deferred tax liabilities are now due by 30 June 2021. To avoid payment difficulties, a special application for a […]

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Lockdown revenue compensation II for indirectly affected companies

To provide rapid support to the business sectors in Austria that have been indirectly affected by the lockdown, lockdown revenue compensation II has been introduced as an immediate grant. On 16 February, the corresponding Guidelines were published in the Austrian Federal Law Gazette. In the following entry (last updated 17 February 2021), we provide information […]

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Revenue shortfall bonus

To further mitigate the economic impact of the lockdown on Austrian companies, the Austrian Federal Government announced the revenue shortfall bonus (“Ausfallsbonus”) as an additional measure at the beginning of January 2021. On 16 February 2021, the corresponding Guidelines were published in the Austrian Federal Law Gazette. In the following entry, we provide information on […]

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From 2021, COVID-19 subsidies are contingent on appropriate tax conduct

The entry into force from 1 January 2021 of the Federal Act linking subsidies from the Austrian Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic to appropriate conduct in relation to tax (“WohlverhaltenG”) sees the Austrian government breaking new ground in the field of COVID-19 subsidies. Future COVID-19 subsidies will not only be contingent on the requirements […]

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Lockdown revenue compensation, December 2020

The guidelines on granting a lockdown revenue compensation for companies directly affected by the lockdown (so-called December lockdown revenue compensation) were published on 17 December 2020 and updated on 28 December 2020. In the following entry, we provide information on the key points of the updated guidelines: To provide those sectors in Austria that have […]

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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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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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