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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-11/477 Updated – measures in Austria

Deferral of social security contributions for self-employed

Zahlungsaufschub für Sozialversicherungsbeiträge

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 31 December 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 April 2020 (updated 02 March 2023)

Background information

The social insurance for self-employed (Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Selbstständigen, SVS), which covers pension, health and accident insurance, provides support for those who are directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus through illness and quarantine or who are expecting massive business losses and therefore have payment difficulties. Individuals are to contact the institution.

Content of measure

Those self-employed who are financially affected by measures which have been implemented by the government and other players in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and have difficulties providing the social security contributions, should contact the insurance. All insured are offered the following options:

  • Deferral of contributions
  • Payment of contributions in installments
  • Reduction of the provisional contribution base
  • Total or partial leniency of interest on late payments

Applications for deferral and payment by installments can be submitted informally in writing by e-mail. An online form for reducing the provisional contribution base is available.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 January 2021

Also in 2021, the SVS offers support to its clients via individual agreements. Payments in installments can be agreed upon, as well as a reduction of the provisional contribution basis.

Use of measure

Currently no information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social insurance
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Consulted
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The administrative board includes representatives of employer organisations.

Views and reactions

Employer organisations are supportive.



Eurofound (2020), Deferral of social security contributions for self-employed, measure AT-2020-11/477 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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