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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Non-deductibility of severance payments from social plans is unconstitutional

In its decision of 16 March 2022, the Austrian Constitutional Court (VfGH) overturned the prohibition of deductions under Sec 20 para 1 subpara 8 Austrian Income Tax Act (EStG) as unconstitutional. This provision prevents the deduction of voluntary severance payments made by the employer to the extent that these exceed the amounts eligible for preferential tax treatment on the […]

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Austrian Supreme Administrative Court on VAT groups

In a court decision of 16 November 2021 (Ra 2020/15/0101), the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court (VwGH) confirmed that organisational integration exists if executive management is carried out by non-executive employees of a VAT group. Economic integration is also present in the specific case based on the lease of an administrative building to a bank. The overall […]

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VAT: Triangular transaction despite registration of intermediary in Member State of destination

The Austrian Supreme Administrative Court (VwGH) has decided that the triangular transaction rule also applies in the event that the intermediary is identified in the Member State of destination, but does not have a fixed establishment in that Member State. The decisive factor for the applicability of the triangular transaction rule is the VAT ID […]

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Austrian case law: Asset deal constitutes a new lease agreement for VAT purposes

The Austrian Supreme Administrative Court (VwGH) has decided that in the event of an asset deal (e.g. sale of a building) with singular succession (rights transferred individually), a new lease agreement is created for VAT purposes. In practice, this means that after the sale, a lease of business premises that is subject to VAT is […]

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