Austrian VAT registration
What are the Austrian VAT registration thresholds?
For foreign businesses trading in Austria that are VAT/GST/Tax registered in their home state, the VAT registration threshold is nil.
For EU VAT registered companies selling goods over the internet to consumers in Austria, the VAT registration threshold (distance selling) is €35,000 per annum.
What information is required to get an Austrian VAT number and registration
The Austrian tax office will require the appropriate forms to be completed, and submitted with the following documentation:
- A specimen signature in original
- VAT certificate to prove the business is registered for VAT elsewhere in the EU, if appropriate.
- Articles of Association.
- An extract from the company’s national trade register.
Registration forms are available to download from the Austrian ministry of finance website.
Non-resident businesses established in the EU may register directly. However, non-EU foreign businesses must appoint a fiscal representative to register for VAT on their behalf.
What is the format of an Austrian VAT number?
Once the registration has been granted, which usually takes from four to six weeks, the company is allocated a unique Austrian VAT number. All EU member states have a fixed format for their VAT numbers.
Austrian Number Format
|Notes||9 characters the first character is always a ‘U’|
Latest Austrian news
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.
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.
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.
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom