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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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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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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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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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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