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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New: Mandatory electronic delivery of documents for businesses in Austria since 1 January 2020

Since 1 January 2019, businesses in Austria have been able to participate in a scheme for electronic delivery of official documents. Since 1 January 2020, all businesses (with limited exceptions) are now required to participate.[1] The background to this requirement is Section 1 of the Austrian E-Government Act (E-GovG), which entered into force on 1 January 2020. Under the […]

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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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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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