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Bescheinigung EU/EWR and tax refunds from Austria

9th Aug 2023

Do you want to benefit from Austrian tax advantages even though you are not resident in Austria? With the EU/EWR form this is possible!

What is an EU/EWR Bescheinigung or foreign tax office certificate for income tax returns?

If you work in Austria and are not resident there, you are considered a limited taxpayer who is not entitled to tax benefits in Austria. However, the EU/EWR form will allow you to benefit from these advantages in the same way as an Austrian resident. Why is this so? Because the EU/EWR form gives you the status of a taxpayer with unlimited tax liability. With this status, you are then able to apply for a tax refund and also qualify for various other tax benefits.

Using the EU/EWR form in practice

The EU/EWR form is particularly useful for tax refunds from Austria. To apply for a tax refund, you must file an Austrian tax return. The EU/EWR form is a compulsory part of the Austrian tax return. The EU/EWR form will be validated by your home tax office, but only after you have filed your tax return in your home country. To get your tax refund, please follow the following steps:

  • you file a tax return in your home country,
  • obtain the EU/EWR form,
  • file your tax return in Austria,
  • get your tax back.

EU/EWR will get you a tax refund from Austria. It is possible to claim your Austrian tax refund up to 5 years in arrears.

EU/EWR form

You can download the EU/EWR form HERE.

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Who validates the EU/EWR form and how?

The EU/EWR Bescheinigung form is validated by the competent tax office of your home country on the basis of the "Request for Tax Residence Certificate".

How do I fill in the EU/EWR form?

You fill in the different parts of the form for yourself or your spouse as follows:

  • Angaben zur Person (Personal data) - you fill in your personal data.
  • Einkünften, die im Ansässigkeitsstaat der Besteuerung unterliegen (Income subject to taxation in the State of residence) - you fill in the gross salary, expenses and other income for yourself.
  • Unterschrift (Signature) - complete the date and signature.
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The other parts of the form will be completed by the tax office:

  • Bestätigung der ausländischen Steuerbehörde (Confirmation from the foreign tax office).
  • Berechnung der 90 % - Grenze (Calculation of the 90 % limit).

Remember that if you do not file a tax return in your home country, the EU/EWR form will not be endorsed by the tax office!

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