What is the L1i form and why do I need it to file a tax return in Austria?

3rd Oct 2019

Are you filing a tax return in Austria? Do you need to attach the L1i form?

If you worked in Austria and are filing a tax return you may have to attach some additional documents. One of them is the form L1i – Erklärung zur ArbeitnehmerInnenveranlagung also known as an employee’s declaration of tax measurement. This will be needed when you worked less than 6 months (183 days) in Austria in order to apply for unlimited tax liability.

What is the L1i form?


It provides an additional confirmation to the Austrian tax authorities about your foreign earned income and residency status during the given tax year. Each L1i form has a unique number which is registered at the Austrian tax office. Based on this form you will be considered an Austrian tax resident and will be able to benefit from the Austrian tax benefits.

How do I get the L1i form?


The process of receiving the form is a bit more complicated. It is not a publicly accessible document, therefore it is not possible to download it and file it. You have to request it from the Austrian tax office online and then it will be sent to you via post in a few weeks.

In case you chose the Basic tax return package:

In our app for filing Austrian tax return:

  • select L1i form,
  • we will send it to your email straight away (for 5 euros),
  • print the form out, sign it,
  • send it to the Austrian tax office with your tax return.

In case you chose the VIP or Premium tax return package:

In our app for filing Austrian tax return:

  • select L1i form,
  • we will send it to your email straight away (for 5 euros),
  • print the form out and sign it,
  • send it to us as registered mail.

Does that sound complicated to you? You can order your L1i form in our simple app.

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