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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Donating cash and goods for Ukraine – tax issues

The current humanitarian disaster in Ukraine has confronted us all with images and concerns that we in Europe have not had to deal with for many years. However, many people are helping with compassion and humanity, providing support where they can. It is not only individuals who have demonstrated a willingness to help – many […]

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Company parking spaces: Still free of charge, or will fees soon apply?

The extension of the parking space management scheme in Vienna means that employees may face additional costs from March 2022 as a result of the recognition of a benefit in kind for company parking spaces that were previously free of charge. What will change In only a few days time, from 1 March 2022, the long […]

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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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COVID-19: Tax and social security consequences for expats

For individuals involved in cross-border activities – whether business travel, short-term or long-term assignments, or regular activities in multiple states – it is necessary to check whether the social security or tax situation will change if a greater proportion of activities are carried out from a home office. This article, originally published on 18 March, […]

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