Austria - Other taxes and levies

Austria - Other taxes and levies

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Social security tax

Are there social security/social insurance taxes in Austria? If so, what are the rates for employers and employees?

Austrian social insurance is compulsory and comprises health insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance, and accident insurance.

The contributions are determined as percentage of the total monthly earnings (but only up to specified maximum amounts) and are paid partly by the employee and partly by the employer.

From 1 January 2016, the percentages are as follows.  

Type of insurance Paid by employer Paid by employee Total
Pension insurance 12.55% 10.25% 22.80%
Accident insurance 1.30% 0.00% 1.30%
Health insurance 3.78%
Unemployment insurance* 3.00%
3.00%* 6.00%
Others .85%
1.00% 1.85%
Total 21.48%
Severance fund 1.53%
0.00% 1.53%


The other (minor) contributions payable are for housing purposes, to a special fund intended to safeguard wages and salaries against such contingencies as insolvency and to the chamber of labor.

* The employee-contribution for unemployment insurance is reduced depending on the income.

  • Income up to EUR1,311: 0 percent.
  • Income between EUR1,311 and EUR1,430: 1 percent.
  • Income between EUR1,430 and EUR1,609: 2 percent.
  • Income greater than EUR1,609: 3 percent.

The employee’s portion of the various compulsory social security contributions is, for personal income tax purposes, deductible as an income-related expense.

The employer contribution of 1.53 percent is payable on the gross salary to a severance payment fund. This obligatory contribution applies to all private law employment contracts entered into from 1 January 2003, onwards.

Gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance tax

Are there any gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance taxes in Austria?

After a decision of the Austrian constitutional court inheritance and gift tax are abolished from 1 August 2008 onwards. (Up to now there are no plans to replace the tax.)

However, in order to prevent avoidance of income tax it is required to report gifts over EUR15,000 within five years (EUR50,000 within one year for relatives) to the tax authorities. There is a penalty of up to 10 percent of the value if the report was not done deliberately.

Currently, the Austrian Ministry of Finance is discussing a concept of wealth tax. However, it is uncertain if and when this concept will apply.

Real estate tax

Are there real estate taxes in Austria?

Immovable property situated in Austria is subject to real estate tax. For individuals, real estate tax paid is deductible in case the property is used for business purposes.

Sales/VAT tax

Are there sales and/or value-added taxes in Austria?

There are a number of indirect taxes that will affect an individual’s cost-of-living in Austria, including a European Community-style VAT of 20 percent.

Unemployment tax

Are there unemployment taxes in Austria?

Contributions for an insurance against unemployment are included in the Austrian social security system. It is funded partly through the employee (3 percent, reduced depending on income) and the employer (3 percent).

Other taxes

Are there additional taxes in Austria that may be relevant to the general assignee? For example, customs tax, excise tax, stamp tax, and so on.

No information provided.

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