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Austria

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Updated 09/2012

Legal requirements

The requirements for persons from other EU countries wishing to establish companies in Austria are practically the same as those for Austrian citizens.

The key laws for establishing companies in Austria are:

The New Companies (Special Assistance) Act (NeuFöG) is intended to help reduce the costs associated with establishing and acquiring businesses.

Austrian companies may have the following legal forms:

Many of the requirements and procedures for opening a secondary establishment are the same as for starting up a business.

Administrative procedures

Preliminary procedure

The following administrative steps should be taken into account when establishing a company in Austria:

A legal form must be selected:

The business must be registered with the relevant business authority (district authorities or magistrate).

The business must be entered in the commercial register.

The business must be registered with the social security authority for industry within the first four weeks after the commencement of business activities.

The type of business activities to be engaged in must be registered with the fiscal authorities and a tax ID number must be applied for within the first four weeks after the commencement of business activities.

If an additional branch is opened, this must be reported to the respective business authority. The business licence must be issued in Austria. The opening of a new branch must be reported before the commencement of business activities.

EU citizens wishing to carry out business activities in Austria must have their qualifications recognised. Further information is given below:

Austrian nationals wishing to establish a company abroad can apply for EEA certificates:

Registration

Many of the requirements for opening a branch are the same as for setting up a new business.

Services Directive: Point of single contact

The Services Directive is European legislation intended to provide significant relief for companies wishing to provide domestic or cross-border services within the European Union. The Directive establishes the regulations for business operators that wish to establish a business or perform temporary cross-border services in the EU/EEA area (i.e. the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). It requires all member states to eliminate all unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles for businesses and to simplify the formalities involving them. It also causes public authorities to be more efficient.

To implement the Directive, each member state must designate a “Point of Single Contact“ (PSC) and set up an e-government portal that can help businesses complete all the administrative formalities online. The PSCs provide substantial information on all administrative conditions associated with the founding or expansion of a service company in a given country. The following questions, may, for example, arise:

  • What licences, documents or permits do I need to set up an company (in my own country or abroad)?
  • What do I have to do if I wish to temporarily provide my services in other countries?
  • What must I do to apply for a licence? Which is the responsible authority?
  • Are the licences subject to fees? What deadlines have to be observed?
  • What laws and decrees apply to my sector?
  • What must I do to open, for example, a restaurant or a shop? Or can a tour operator function in another country without having to found a business there?
  • Who can provide me with individual advice and further information?

Thanks to the PSC, you no longer have to worry about contacting several different authorities one by one! The PSC enables you to find all relevant Information and to submit online applications through this service to the responsible authorities. And you can complete your administrative formalities electronically by means of the PSC. For this purpose, you approach the PSC in the country in which you will exercise your business activities.

All PSCs belong to the European EUGO network and are readily accessible by means of a central website. Of course the PSC activities are only to be understood as offered service. You will always have the opportunity of approaching the responsible authorities directly.

Resources

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Organisational Development at the University of Linz provides comprehensive information about establishing businesses.

The Federal Ministry of Economy and Labour provides information about establishing businesses.

Legal information about setting up businesses for people living and working in Austria is available from the Austrian Business Service Portal USP.

Programmes

Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) is a governmental body for financing and promoting companies. It offers numerous subsidies to start-up businesses.

Help & advice

Help & advice

The Austrian foreign trade promotion organisation Austrian Trade (AWO) subsidises consulting costs associated with establishing companies.

The Business Start-Up Service of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber provides support for founders, successors and franchisees.

The WIFI enterprise service is the coordination centre of the national enterprise network (UNS) of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

Young Enterprise Austria (Junge Wirtschaft) represents the interests of young entrepreneurs in Austria. Its services include branch establishment.

The Austrian Chamber of Tax Consultants and Certified Accountants (KWT) is the umbrella organisation for tax consultants and business experts in Austria. It also advises young entrepreneurs.

IDEX is a network of founders and persons interested in enterprise start-up. The association promotes cooperation, the exchange of experience and team-building for the successful realisation of innovative ideas.

The Austrian Business Agency (ABA) is the Federal Republic of Austria’s main source of advice for foreign investors. The government-run organisation for company settlement advises international investors on all country-specific issues, provides information about Austria as a centre for business and engages in active dialogue with potential investors.

SOLVIT helps businesses deal with problems that arise when national authorities wrongly apply EU market rules.

If you wish to establish a business or perform temporary cross-border services in the EU/EEA area (the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), turn to the ‘Points of Single Contact (PSC)’ - Members of the EUGO network - that will help you to complete all necessary administrative procedures on-line! Get the information you need and submit your applications to the responsible authorities online. You no longer have to worry about contacting several different authorities one by one - the PSC will do it for you!

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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