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Financial Police online Online database aids nationwide anti-fraud efforts

The Financial Police is an efficient professional anti-fraud unit in the Austrian Ministry of Finance that performs controls and investigations in all sectors. All control data are stored in an online database and forwarded to applicable anti-fraud partners.

The Austrian Ministry of Finance uses targeted measures to protect the domestic economy and labour market against tax fraud. The work of the Financial Police is greatly assisted by information and communications technology.

The Financial Police have a wide range of authority, extending from the unrestricted right of entry to property, buildings, permanent establishments, operating premises and workplaces, to determination of the identity of persons encountered, all the way to arrest under the Employment of Foreigners Act. Vehicles and the goods they carry are also systematically stopped and inspected.

The financial police have the task of using their control activities to ensure fair and equal conditions for all participants in economic life. Tax and duty fraud leads to competitive distortions, harming both the economy and each individual who must, as a result, pay higher taxes. The preventive work of the financial police is intended, in the interests of the labour market and Austria as an economic location, to prevent, to the maximum extent possible, unfair competition as a result of illegal working and social welfare fraud. This serves to secure the pay and employment conditions of both Austrian and integrated foreign workers. At the moment, the focus is on standardized consumption tax fraud.

The data of businesses and employees subject to controls are recorded directly in the online database of the financial police. The information is transmitted to numerous partners in the combat against fraud. The most important interface partners include the criminal prosecution authorities, labour inspectorates, courts, immigration authorities and employment market service.