Tax and Social Security in Austria
Thread poster: Patrick Harper
Patrick Harper
United Kingdom
Nov 11, 2014


I'm a freelance German to English translator and am thinking of moving to Vienna next year. However, I've heard that the social security rates are rather high. Are there any freelance translators in Austria who could give me an approximate idea of how much tax and social security I would pay each year (perhaps based on an income of 45,000 euros)? I've tried some of the online calculators, but they all come up with completely different figures.

Thank you


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Nicole Coesel  Identity Verified
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Maybe you should take your question to the next level. Nov 11, 2014

It may be smart to contact an accountant in Vienna who could provide you with more accurate information based on your personal circumstances.

As everywhere (at least in Europe) tax law is very complex and I think your safest bet for sound advise would be to get it from professionals close to the source

Good luck!


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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It depends Nov 11, 2014

On whether your 45,000 is net of all expenditure and all deductions you can make (which can be quite considerable, but there you need a tax advisor) Assuming it is, then you will pay around 12,000 in social security and pension contributions, and aroun 13,000 tax (but do get these checked, these are rough calculatiosn based on what I pay, and could be somewhat inaccurate. A good rule of thumb is to take your total income less outsourced work / employees salaries if you have any; halve the figure you then get and that will be roughly the amount you're left with.

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