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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Mandatory wage tax deduction for employers without a PE for wage tax purposes in Austria about to be revoked?

From 01. January 2020 on, employers of individuals subject to unlimited taxation in Austria are required to withhold Austrian wage tax. However, due to a legislative motion for the planned COVID-19 Tax Measures Act, which was submitted on 20 November 2020, this provision now seems likely to be – retroactively – revoked: Thus, foreign employers […]

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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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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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Additional extension of due dates for annual financial statements

On 4 April 2020, the 4th Austrian COVID-19 Act was passed, which amends the COVID-19 Company Law Act (COVID-19-GesG) of 22 March 2020 and introduces additional simplifications for businesses in terms of compliance with their legal obligations. The following due dates and exceptions now apply under Austrian company law: This article represents the information available to us […]

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