Austrian VAT rates and VAT compliance

Austrian VAT rates

Whilst VAT compliance rules are set by the EU, Austria is still free to set its standard VAT rate.  It may also levy reduced VAT rates on a limited range of goods for economic reason.  Businesses VAT registered in Austria must use these rates when supplying goods and services.  If they fail to charge the correct rates, they are held liable for any unbilled VAT.

The current rates are:

Austria VAT rates

Rate Type Which goods or services
20% Standard All other taxable goods and services
13% Reduced Domestic flights; entrance to sporting events; admissions to cultural events and amusement parks; firewood; some agricultural supplies; wine production (from farm); cut flowers and plants for decorative use
10% Reduced Foodstuffs; take-away food; water supplies; pharmaceutical products; domestic transport (excluding flights); international and intra-community road and rail transport; newspapers and periodicals; printed books (excluding e-books); pay and cable TV; TV licence; social services; domestic refuse collection; treatment of waste and waste water; restaurants (ex all beverages); cut flowers and plants for food production; some agricultural supplies; writers and composers
0% Zero Intra-community and international transport (excluding road and rail); hotel accommodation

Austrian VAT compliance

Austrian VAT registration puts a significant burden on companies to prepare invoices and their books to exact rules.   This includes:

  • Issuing invoices with the disclosure details outlined in the Austrian VAT Act.
  • Preparation of e-invoices.
  • Maintenance of accounts and records, which must be held for at least seven years.
  • Correct invoicing of customers for goods or services in accordance with the Austrian time of supply VAT rules.
  • Processing of credit notes and other corrections.
  • Use of approved foreign currency rates.

What is the tax point for Austrian VAT?

The tax point (time of supply) rules in Austria determine when the VAT is due.  It is then payable to the tax authorities 10 days after the VAT reporting period end (monthly or quarterly).

For most goods, it is the time of delivery or passage of title.  For services, it is the completion of the service.

Latest Austrian news

Austria cuts e-book VAT to 10% 2020

February 1, 2019

Austria has announced that it will harmonise its VAT rates on electronic books with those of their paper equivalent. This means reclassifying them from the standard VAT rate of 20% to the reduced rate of 10% from 1 January 2020.

Austria marketplace VAT liabilities

January 29, 2019

Austria is to become the latest EU country to propose making online marketplaces responsible for the VAT of third-party sellers on their platforms. The earliest likely implementation date is January 2020.

EU VAT and tax veto review

January 25, 2019

The European Commission (EC) has proposed switching from unanimous to majority voting on EU VAT and other tax policies.  The aim is to progress fiscal reforms which face immovable opposition from just a limited number of member states.