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Jan. 26—Electronic payments will be the only acceptable means of tax payment as money order vouchers will no longer be accepted beginning Feb. 1, the Austrian Ministry of Finance said Jan. 22.
The new rules follow the implementation of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) regulations specified in EU Regulation no. 260/2012.
If a taxpayer is unable to make an electronic tax payment under SEPA regulations, the relevant tax office must be notified and money orders may continue to be used, the Ministry of Finance said.
Adopted in 2012 but put into effect in stages, SEPA allows public authorities, companies and individuals to issue and receive payments within the euro area countries.
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The Austrian Ministry of Finance guidance on electronic tax payments is available in German at https://www.bmf.gv.at/steuern/Steuern_online_bezahlen.html.
EU Regulation no 260/2012 is available at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:094:0022:0037:en:PDF.
More information on payroll issues in Austria can be found in the Austria country primer.
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