Löger: Greater efficiency due to automatic data transfer

Extraordinary allowances automatically taken into account for the first time in 2017 tax calculation

"In addition to the application-less employee assessment, through automatic data transfer of extraordinary allowances for 2017, the Austrian tax administration has taken a further key step towards reducing bureaucracy and greater service orientation," declared Finance Minister Hartwig Löger in a broadcast.

"A few small organisations have still not reported, but most organisations reported their data on time by the end of February. Just under 6 million individual datasets were transferred, and of these, 99.7% could be automatically allocated to the respective taxpayer," affirms the head of the tax administration. "Overall, churches, charitable organisations and insurance companies have transmitted extraordinary allowances totalling just under EUR 843 million to the tax offices," reports Löger.

"For 2017, in particular from charitable organisations, just under 1 million more cases were reported than in 2016 under tax assessment. Compared with 2016, around EUR 57 million more in donations was also reported. This means that, with effect from 2017, a significantly greater number of people are benefiting from the tax deductibility of donations. We believe that this will further foster willingness to donate on the part of the already-generous citizens of Austria," declared Löger.

"With this project, the tax administration has taken a further key step towards digitalization and automation of its services. Together with the project managers involved, I am delighted at this success and wish also to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all participating organisations," concluded Löger.

Previously, extraordinary allowances such as church contributions, donations and voluntary insurance policies, as well as the retrospective purchasing of insurance periods, had to be independently reported in a tax assessment. With effect from 2017, tax returns were replaced by an automated procedure established under statute, namely automatic data transfer of extraordinary allowances. And this has indeed been successful, as the figures prove.

For more information on this topic, go to Questions and answers on automatic data transfer of extraordinary allowances (in German)