Michaela Merz


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AUSTRIA: E-Commerce Package from January 2021


The e-commerce package shall enter into force from 1 January 2021. The goal is to better ensure taxation in the destination state. At the same time, the simplifications for businesses (One-Stop-Shop), which avoids a VAT registration in every destination Member State, shall be extended.

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AUSTRIA: Changes as from 2020 – Digital services tax on online advertising services and Obligation to keep records and liability for online platforms


Digitalization and the business models of “digital MNEs” present challenges for international taxation. At EU level, the proposed “Council Directive on the common system of a digital services tax on revenues resulting from the supply of certain digital services” has recently been rejected. On a global level, there are discussions on digital taxation within the G20/OECD with a view to developing digital PEs and a digital services tax. Nevertheless, some states have chosen not to wait for international solutions and have started to implement unilateral measures. Continue reading


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Austria – how to set up business


On 1 January 2010, the Austrian public administration launched a one-stop-shop Business Service Portal called ‘Unternehmensserviceportal (USP)’. The portal aims to serve as a single entry point for businesses to the administration. By offering information and transaction services, it intends to help businesses to fulfil their legal obligations and to reduce their administrative burdens. In accordance with the Continue reading


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Austria – Electronic invoices in some cases mandatory as from 1 of January 2014


As of 1 January 2014, invoices for supplies to federal offices have to be sent electronically (Directive 2010/45/EC). Paper invoices will only be accepted in case of cash payment. The Austrian Ministry of Finance expects from this change from paper invoices to electronic invoices less administrative work and optimised invoice processing. Continue reading