Relocation of a business to another EU Member State

When assets are transferred across borders, for example when a company moves its registered office abroad or from another country to Austria, certain fiscal rules must be complied with.

Hidden reserves accrued in Austria are taxable when assets, parts of a company or entire companies are transferred abroad. Equally, hidden reserves accrued abroad should be neutralised in the case of transfers to Austria.

More detailed information can be obtained from the competent tax office.German text

Please note

When a company relocates to another country, the court that keeps the commercial register of companiesGerman text must be informed.

As regards staff, it must also be taken into account that the relocation may be considered as a cross-border transfer of holdings. In such cases, the legislation on the transfer of holdings German text may apply.

Further information that may be relevant when relocating a company to another EU Member State can be found at

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 13 July 2020

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Finance

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