Current restrictions on distributions and bonus payments in connection with COVID-19 subsidies

Austrian ordinances regarding the various COVID-19 subsidies contain a range of bans, restrictions, and limitations applicable to dividend and bonus payments, some of which have already expired. This article provides a brief overview of the current COVID-19 subsidies, as well as the restrictions on distributions and bonus payments that still need to be observed in […]

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Attractive cybersecurity subsidy for SMEs

From 1 April 2022, Austrian SMEs will be eligible to receive an attractive cybersecurity subsidy in the form of a non-repayable grant for investments of up to EUR 50,000. Cybercrime has become an important issue for Austrian businesses in the past year due to several high-profile ransomware attacks. This is also borne out by a PwC Digital […]

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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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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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