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National Council adopts reform of tax administration Müller – "Finance Ministry to be fit for new challenges"

Vienna (OTS) – On 19 September 2019, the Tax Organisation Reform Law was adopted, which forms the basis for planned modernisation of the tax administration.

"Through this reform, the tax administration will become more attractive, faster, more efficient and thus more service-oriented. This is exactly what is needed in order to make our tax administration fit for the future," declared Finance Minister Müller, welcoming adoption of the new law.

One of the reasons for the reform is that, since the last reform took place 15 years ago, the demands and expectations placed on the tax administration have undergone enduring change. "The current structure is no longer up-to-date, in view of digitalisation and globalisation. Here, we have to upgrade, structure processes more efficiently and make better use of digital opportunities," added Müller.

The plan is for the 40 tax offices to be replaced by the nationwide authorities "Tax Office Austria" and "Tax Office for Large Companies", and to combine the existing nine tax offices into a "Customs Office Austria". In addition, the tasks of the Financial Police, the Tax Investigation Agency and the Fiscal Offence Prosecution Authority will in future be combined within the "Anti-Fraud Office".

"Furthermore, the reform will lead to a more even distribution of work within "Tax Office Austria". This will primarily benefit our colleagues in the individual regional locations, which we shall of course retain. For Austrian citizens, as well as companies, the reform will lead to a reduction in bureaucracy and faster processing," stressed Müller in conclusion.

Implementation of the modernisation will commence from 1 July 2020. Only the inspection service for wage-based taxes and contributions, which is planned in parallel, will begin operating on 1 January 2020.