Automatic Family Allowances without Application Antraglose Familienbeihilfe (ALF)
ALF is a no-stop-shop solution for parents with which family allowances for new-born children are paid out automatically. Filling in forms or a visiting the tax office is no longer necessary. This is relevant for about 80,000 families a year. The application has already received several international awards.
The service was launched on 1 May 2015. Citizens no longer need to visit the tax office, and in many cases it is no longer necessary to present documentation. Family allowance payments are handled automatically. This will save Austrian citizens 39,000 hours annually, and additionally reduces the time and cost for the Austrian public administration.
The initiative of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth applies to children born in Austria. Austrian tax offices start an examination – without any interference from parental side – on the basis of the data that are available and get in contact with the parents for necessary further information and to convey the result of the investigation process. Any contact with the tax office from parental side – if not asked for – is not necessary.
For further questions parents can contact the “infocenter” of their tax office.