Opening a company in Austria as a self-employed
Thread poster: Michael Leite

Michael Leite
Brazil
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Mar 6, 2013

Dear all,

I hope you are all well.

I want to move to Autria and continue working as a translator. But I would like to have my own company, registered under the simplified tax system, which means, I wouldn't have employees, I would continue as a self-employed translator, but legalized and able to issue invoices.

Does anyone know if this is possible, how it is called there or how it works for a self-employed translator in Austria?


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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
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Why? Mar 6, 2013

Why do you want to set up your own company? What's wrong with just working as a freelance? (Or is it a questioh of work permit - that can also be an issue).

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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
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Become a translation agency Mar 6, 2013

As a translator you can apply for a trade license (Gewerbeschein) as "Sprachdienstleister". If you allready have a residence permit, it should be no big problem. Depending on where in Austria you will be living you apply at the local authorities. In Vienna you go to the "Bezirksamt" in your residential district.

You might find helpful informations here (in German):
http://portal.wko.at/wk/format_detail.wk?angid=1&stid=624954&dstid=0&titel=Gewerbeausbung%2cdurch%2cAusländer%2cmit%2cStandort%2cin%2cÖsterreich%2c-%2cFAQs

http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite_dst.wk?dstid=9215&dstname=bersetzungsbüros-Sprachdienstleister

You will have to pay social insurance - 26% of your income in addition to the tax.

I have been running my own business as a translator for almost 20 years in Vienna. You are welcome to ask me if you need any more information. (German would be easier for me but English is fine if my mistakes don't bother you too much.....)

Good luck

lise

[Edited at 2013-03-06 19:24 GMT]


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Michael Leite
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Thanks to all the replies Mar 6, 2013

Hello,

Thank you all for your precious replies and availability!

Regards


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Michael Leite
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Answering your issue Mar 6, 2013

David Wright wrote:

Why do you want to set up your own company? What's wrong with just working as a freelance? (Or is it a questioh of work permit - that can also be an issue).


Well, as I will probably stay permanentely in Vienna due to work, relationship and studies, I would like to pay social security and all taxes accordingly.

Regards,


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Michael Leite
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Thanksgiving Mar 6, 2013

Lise Smidth wrote:

As a translator you can apply for a trade license (Gewerbeschein) as "Sprachdienstleister". If you allready have a residence permit, it should be no big problem. Depending on where in Austria you will be living you apply at the local authorities. In Vienna you go to the "Bezirksamt" in your residential district.

You might find helpful informations here (in German):
http://portal.wko.at/wk/format_detail.wk?angid=1&stid=624954&dstid=0&titel=Gewerbeausbung%2cdurch%2cAusländer%2cmit%2cStandort%2cin%2cÖsterreich%2c-%2cFAQs

http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite_dst.wk?dstid=9215&dstname=bersetzungsbüros-Sprachdienstleister

You will have to pay social insurance - 26% of your income in addition to the tax.

I have been running my own business as a translator for almost 20 years in Vienna. You are welcome to ask me if you need any more information. (German would be easier for me but English is fine if my mistakes don't bother you too much.....)

Good luck

lise

[Edited at 2013-03-06 19:24 GMT]


Dear Lise!

Many thanks for your reply. Just another question, coz I have no idea of how it works in Austria. Is it 26% of my monthly income or annual income? And in addition to which tax? I would like to have an overview of the total tax I would have to pay per year.

Thanks again and best regards,


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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
Austria
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tax etc. Mar 14, 2013

Sorry, for some reason I didn't see your new post until now.

I was talking about income tax - maybe you can find useful information here:
http://english.bmf.gv.at/Publications/Income_tax_v4(1).pdf

http://www.migration.gv.at/en/living-and-working-in-austria/austria-at-a-glance/income-and-taxation.html

The social insurance is payable every quarter of a year. You have to pay 26 % of your yearly income.

http://www.sozialversicherung.at/portal27/portal/esv_enportal/start/startWindow?action=2&p_menuid=69246&p_tabid=1

br
lise


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Michael Leite
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Many thanks Mar 14, 2013

Lise Smidth wrote:

Sorry, for some reason I didn't see your new post until now.

I was talking about income tax - maybe you can find useful information here:
http://english.bmf.gv.at/Publications/Income_tax_v4(1).pdf

http://www.migration.gv.at/en/living-and-working-in-austria/austria-at-a-glance/income-and-taxation.html

The social insurance is payable every quarter of a year. You have to pay 26 % of your yearly income.

http://www.sozialversicherung.at/portal27/portal/esv_enportal/start/startWindow?action=2&p_menuid=69246&p_tabid=1

br
lise


Hello Lise!

Thank you for your great help.

Best regards,


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Simona Micutari  Identity Verified
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:) Oct 26, 2013

David Wright wrote:

Why do you want to set up your own company? What's wrong with just working as a freelance? (Or is it a questioh of work permit - that can also be an issue).


Well, because if he's going to work for direct clients, he needs to send invoices and be registered as self-employed. This gives you a lot of credibility and you can also have a record of your activity, which can be useful if you need to prove your level of experience (for example, if you ever decide to apply for a job as an in-house translator). Paying taxes is also important; it reflects poorly on you as a professional to work without paying any tax to the state.


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Michael Leite
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Thanking Nov 20, 2013

Simona Micutari wrote:

David Wright wrote:

Why do you want to set up your own company? What's wrong with just working as a freelance? (Or is it a questioh of work permit - that can also be an issue).


Well, because if he's going to work for direct clients, he needs to send invoices and be registered as self-employed. This gives you a lot of credibility and you can also have a record of your activity, which can be useful if you need to prove your level of experience (for example, if you ever decide to apply for a job as an in-house translator). Paying taxes is also important; it reflects poorly on you as a professional to work without paying any tax to the state.


May thanks for your reply, Simona!


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