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Austria MOF Clarifies Taxation of Advertising and Property Renovation Expenses

  • The Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance has clarified the tax treatment of renovation and expansion expenses for properties.
  • An individual converted a company building into an event center and claimed expenses, including advertising costs.
  • The Tax Authority challenged the deductibility of the expenses, arguing that the taxpayer did not establish a credible intention to rent out the property.
  • The Federal Finance Court ruled that the taxpayer must demonstrate a clear intent to generate income from property activities to claim deductions.
  • Advertising costs are deductible if they are incurred to pursue rental income and supported by evidence of intent.
  • Failure to establish a credible intention to rent out the property results in the disallowance of deductions for business expenses and input taxes.


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