Current information on deferral of social security contributions

Employers who have been affected by business restrictions or closures due to the Austrian government directive, Austrian Federal Law Gazette (BGBl) II 2020/96, or a ban on access under the Austrian Epidemics Act (BGBl II 2020/74), have benefited since March 2020 from an automatic, interest-free deferral of payment of social security contributions for the contribution […]

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BMF information on the application and interpretation of Double Tax Treaties

The COVID-19 pandemic has implications for the taxation of income of cross-border workers, as the allocation of taxation rights under tax treaties depends, among other things, on where the the activities are carried out. The duration of activities and the length of stay in a country are decisive factors for taxation and the creation of […]

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Back to business as usual?

These unprecedented times have brought insecurity and new risks. A variety of new measures have changed the way we live our lives. Most of us have never experienced anything like social distancing, a concept and approach which has significant implications for many working activities. Politicians and business leaders must take decisions which they have not […]

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COVID-19: Austria-Germany consultation agreement on cross-border working of 15 April 2020

On 16 April 2020, the Austrian Ministry of Finance (BMF) published a consultation agreement concluded between Austria and Germany (Decree of 15 April 2020, 2020-0.239.636, BMF-AV Nr. 55/2020). The goal of the agreement is to limit the individual impacts during the COVID-19 restrictions as far as possible for all employees who work cross-border between Austria […]

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Global Study: The top priorities of Global Mobility managers and the future of assignments

The rapid development of the COVID-19 outbreak, the massive interventions in business life and the new way of working together also influence the work of global mobility teams and seconded employees worldwide. To find answers to current questions and to better understand how companies are responding to these changes in relation to their globally mobile […]

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Wage tax and social security relief measures in the 3rd Austrian COVID-19 Act

1. Tax-free allowance for bonuses and special payments employees receive in connection with the COVID-19 crisis (Section 124 subpara 350 Austrian Income Tax Act (EStG), Section 49 para 3 subpara 30 Austrian General Social Insurance Act (ASVG)) An allowance of up to EUR 3,000, free from both income tax and social security contributions, will be granted in the calendar year 2020 […]

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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.   Social security For cross-border working, the […]

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