Notifying the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (SVS)
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The Business Service Portal USP has provided an electronic start-up service since 31 July 2017.
The start of the insurance can be reported on the Business Service Portal during e-start-up or directly to the relevant office.
In general, these rules also apply to entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.
Setting up a business
Within a month of commencing or resuming the commercial activity.
The competent body is the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (→ SVS)German text of the relevant province or the competent business authorityGerman text. Both can be contacted quickly and easily via the Business Service Portal during e-start-up.
An insurance declaration must be sent to the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (SVS) of the relevant province or the competent business authority notifying them of the start of the insurance. This can be done on the Business Service Portal USP during e-start-up.
The insurance declaration can be posted or faxed to the Social Insurance Institution.
One-stop registration with the Business Service Portal USP provides a single point of access to various additional social insurance services; this is explained in a short film (→ YouTube)German text.
Costs and fees
There are no fees and charges payable.
Self-employed people who were previously employees can claim unemployment insurance benefits. Further information on this subject can be found in the chapter 'New self-employed'.
- Austrian Federal Economic Chamber start-up service (→ WKO)German text
- provincial branches of the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (→ SVS)German text
- Start and end of compulsory insurance (→ SVS)German text
There is no expert information available.
Link to form
Online insurance registration (→ SVS) German Text
Authentication and signature
In writing (not using a mobile phone signature): signed application (sent by post)
Means of redress or appeal
Assistance and problem-solving services
There are no auxiliary or problemsolving services available.
Further service points
Social security ombudsman (→ SVS) German Text
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