Austrian citizens have modern, innovative ways to transact payments with the Austrian public authorities. It is possible to make payments on the spot with debit cards, credit cards,“quick function” cards and – in some cases – even by mobile phone.
Payment requests can be complied with online by bank transfer, credit card, mobile phone, “quick function” card and EPS online transfer (this is a service of the Austrian banking institutions). It is also possible to make payments by telephone order. Telephone orders are payments by credit card which are placed in writing or over the telephone.
The IT section of the Federal Ministry of Finance is responsible for the federal government’s entire payment transactions and in this role provides support to the entirety of the Austrian federal administrative authorities.
SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area)
The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) puts domestic euro payments and euro payments in other European countries on an equal footing. This is based on the Zahlungsdienstegesetz (Payment Services Act) of 2009 and EU Regulation 260/2012 on "establishing technical and business requirements for credit transfers and direct debits in euro", which entered into force on 31 March 2012. Current national credit transfer and direct debit procedures will be replaced by the new SEPA procedures starting as of 1 February 2014.
This also means that current account numbers and bank routing numbers will be replaced by IBAN and BIC numbers as of 1 February 2014.