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Austria Providing Reduced Late Payment Interest from July 2021 — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

Austria has published the Decree of 4 June 2021, which updates the interest rates for deferred tax payment, suspended tax payment, and others. This includes a table setting out the applicable interest rates considering the base rate from the National Bank going back to December 2002.

The update includes a change in the interest rate for deferred payment (Stundungszinsen), which is generally 4.5% plus the base rate where the late tax payment due exceeds EUR 750. For the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024, the rate is reduced from 4.5% to 2.0% plus the base rate, resulting in a rate of 1.38% (down from 3.88%) considering the current base rate of -0.62%. The reduction is provided in relation to Austria's COVID-19 relief measures, including the interest-free deferral of tax payments until 30 June 2021.