Share with your friends

Austria - Special considerations for short-term assignments

Austria - Special considerations for short-term...

Taxation of international executives


Related content

Residency rules

Payroll considerations

Taxable income

Additional considerations

For the purposes of this publication, a short-term assignment is defined asan assignment that lasts for less than one year.

Residency rules

Are there special residency considerations for short-term assignments?

No. An individual is assumed to be resident if he/she either maintains any kind of accommodation, or is physically present, under circumstances indicating that his/her abode will not be temporary.

Payroll considerations

Are there special payroll considerations for short-term assignments?

No. As a rule the tax on employment income is levied by way of withholding through the employer. If no permanent establishment of the employer exists in Austria or if there is no other obligation for a wage tax withholding, a tax consultant can handle the withholding or income tax will be paid by assessment.

Taxable income

What income will be taxed during short-term assignments?

If the center of vital interest of the assignee is not located in Austria, he/she will be taxed on his/her Austrian-sourced income (if Double Tax Treaty allows).

Additional considerations

Are there any additional considerations that should be considered before initiating a short-term assignment in Austria?

In order to avoid wage and social dumping, that could be caused by the posting or temporary employment (hiring-out) of workers from so-called low-wage countries, Austria has implemented restrictive regulations (particularly in the Anti-Wage and Social Dumping Act). A number of measures ensure equal pay conditions for employees working in Austria. Among others, the compliance with statutory minimum wages in Austria and mandatory labor regulations. Employees posted, or hired-out to Austria are entitled to the salary which is stipulated in the Austrian laws, regulations or collective bargaining agreements and which other comparable employees at the place of work in Austria would receive. Furthermore, the employer (in case of a posted employee) respectively the Austrian lessee (in case of a hired-out employee) has to keep wage/salary records in German language ready for inspection at the place of work (in Austria).

In case of transnational posting of (temporary) workers, who are employees by a company based in the EEA or Switzerland, these must be reported prior to commencement of work to the Central Coordination Office for the control of Illegal Employment (in German: “Zentrale Koordinationsstelle des Bundesministeriums für Finanzen für die Kontrolle illegaler Arbeitnehmerbeschäftigung”) (for posted employees by use of the form ZKO 3, for temporary employees by use of the form ZKO 4). For this purpose, only the electronic forms of the Federal Ministry of Finance may be used.

The most important exemptions are highlighted below. Please note that these exemptions are applicable for assignments only (as defined), except for the last one (temporary intra-group assignments/hiring-outs) which is also applicable for the hiring-out of employees:

  • Business meetings, as long as no further services are rendered.
  • Participation in seminars, as long as no further services are rendered.
  • Trade fairs and events similar to trade fairs (this exemption is not applicable for preparatory and concluding work).
  • Attending and participating in conferences.
  • In cases involving “transit traffic,” activities by mobile employees or crew-persons in the cross-border transport of goods or passengers (starting 1.1.2017).
  • Activities as an employee of internationally active groups or companies, if the employee concerned receives a monthly gross remuneration in an amount of at least 125 percent of thirty-times the daily ASVG-maximum contribution basis (2017 presumably: €6,225) (starting 1.1.2017).
  • Temporary intra-group assignments or hiring out of especially qualified employees for the maximum of two months per calendar year, as long as the work in Austria is for purposes of research and development, planning of project work, holding of a training, or otherwise for purposes of exchanging experiences, consulting the company, controlling or participating in a cross-border group-department with management and planning functions (starting 1.1.2017).

Please note that the required permits/notifications/registrations/etc highly depend on the facts and circumstances of the individual case and therefore request for a case-by-case analysis.

© 2021 KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, an Austrian limited liability company and a member firm of the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee. All rights reserved.

For more detail about the structure of the KPMG global organization please visit

Connect with us


Want to do business with KPMG?


loading image Request for proposal

Stay up to date with what matters to you

Gain access to personalized content based on your interests by signing up today

Sign up today