Changes concerning withholding tax for Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Under many Austrian double tax treaties, the remuneration for “industrial, commercial or scientific equipment” is treated as royalties subject to withholding tax (WHT). In a change from the previous interpretation, the Austrian Ministry of Finance has now stated that intangible assets (e.g. software) do not fall under the category of “equipment”. This has significant implications […]

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Changes for airbnb, willhaben and other platforms: publication of consultation draft of the Austrian Digital Platform Reporting Requirement Act (DPMG), also known as “DAC 7”

The EU’s DAC 7 Directive, which was published at the start of 2021, envisages an annual reporting requirement for digital platforms, whether they are resident within or outside the EU, as well as provisions on the automatic exchange of information (see Newsletter of 11 August 2021). The goal is to use automatic exchange of information to create […]

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Austrian Tax Court declares horizontal group to be permissible

In a decision of 31 March 2022 (RV/7104573/2020), the Austrian Federal Tax Court (BFG) has stated – contrary to the wording of Sec 9 Austrian Corporate Income Tax Act (KStG) – that a company group between Austrian affiliates is permissible even if the joint parent company is resident abroad and does not have a branch in Austria. […]

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Remote working simplifications with Germany due to COVID-19 set to expire

The Austrian Consultation Agreement with Germany contains special rules concerning the application of the double taxation treaty, which were introduced due to the pandemic. Accordingly, employers that are resident in Germany would not be deemed to have created a permanent establishment (“PE”) in Austria if an employee who is resident in Austria works from a […]

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Amendment of the Austria-UAE tax treaty

Last summer, Austria signed a Protocol amending the Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of 2003. The document provides for significant changes in certain areas. The Protocol was ratified in Austria at the end of 2021. In the UAE, government approval for the Protocol has been granted, although final ratification has […]

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OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines 2022

The OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations (OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines) provide orientation when applying the arm’s length principle. On 20 January 2022, the OECD published a new version of these Transfer Pricing Guidelines. It is available in English and French on the OECD website. The OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines 2022 replace […]

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Public Country-by-Country Reporting

On 21 December 2021, a new EU Directive (“Directive (EU) 2021/2101”) entered into force, amending the EU Accounting Directive. Under the Directive, companies are required to publish a so-called “report on income tax information” (also referred to here as “Public CbCR”). The goal of Public CbCR is to introduce an instrument for increasing transparency and enhancing […]

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Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD 3): Planned mandatory reporting of EU shell entities to tax authorities from 2024

Shortly before the end of 2021, the European Commission (EC) presented a proposal for an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (so-called “ATAD 3”) to prevent the misuse of shell (or letterbox) entities. The planned directive envisages extensive reporting obligations for shell entities, which may potentially lead to a loss of tax benefits (e.g. arising from application of […]

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Proposal for an EU Directive on ensuring a global minimum level of taxation (‘Pillar 2’)

On 22 December 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for a Council Directive to introduce a global minimum effective tax rate for large multinational groups and large-scale domestic groups operating in the European Union. This is intended to implement the OECD Pillar 2 rules (‘Model Rules’) in the EU Member States. The OECD Model Rules were […]

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Transfer Pricing Guidelines 2021

Almost a year after the publication of the draft Transfer Pricing Guidelines, on 7 October 2021 the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance has finally issued the new Austrian Transfer Pricing Guidelines (ATPG 2021 or Guidelines). Being an extensive revision of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines from 2010 (TPG 2010), the ATPG 2021 aim at reflecting BEPS-project […]

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