Austria: Tax Update 2018

27. February 2018 | Reading Time: 2 Min

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At the beginning of 2018 only a few changes came into force in Austria, mostly due to the termination of the old coalition in the middle of 2017.

Government programme in Austria

The government programme included several fiscal measures. Among others, there is to be a structural tax reform which is to particularly include the following aspects:

  • Unification of the financial statements according to commercial and tax law
  • Simplification of the determination of the taxable income for partnerships
  • Taxation irrespective of legal form
  • Reduction of income categories
  • Reduction of exceptions and special provisions
  • Reform of extraordinary expenses as well as special expenses
  • Reformation of the tax scale – especially in order to decrease the tax burden of little and lower incomes (the abolition of the sly progressive taxation is being examined as well)

In order to decrease the tax burden of companies and its labour factor, the following measures should be
put in place:

  • Reduction of CIT on non-distributed profits for SMBs
  • Reduction of VAT on accommodation from 13 % to 10 %
  • Reactivation of the regulations concerning repayment of contribution
  • Decrease of non-wage labour cost
  • Simplification of business transfers

Furthermore it is intended to simplify and modernize payroll accounting. The actual changes remain to be seen.

Register of economic owners

Disclosure of data concerning the (direct or indirect) economic owners of certain legal entities (especially particular companies, foundations and trusts). Reports have to be made by June 1st, 2018. Besides certain occupational groups, public authorities can access the register. In case of a violation of the reporting obligations, penalties up to EUR 200,000 can be imposed.

Social insurance assignment law

The purpose of this law, which came into force on July 1st, 2017, is to reduce uncertainties concerning the classification of self-employment or employment. This is being accomplished by the application of three procedures (insurance classification upon application, wage related audits with involvement from SVA/SVB, pre-assessment).

Property term

As of January 1st, 2017 there is an extended property term regarding VAT. Now in particular equipment on/ in a property can be part of the property.

Research premium

The research premium has been increased from 12 % to 14 %.


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