Tax Transparency

Our business activities generate a substantial amount and variety of taxes. We pay corporate income taxes, royalties, production taxes, stamp duties, as well as employment and other taxes. In addition, we collect and pay payroll taxes, and indirect taxes such as excise duties and VAT. The taxes we collect and pay represent a significant part of our economic contribution to the countries in which we operate.

Specific Policies and Commitments

At OMV, we are committed to complying with tax laws in a responsible manner and to having open and constructive relationships with tax authorities, which is also reflected in OMV’s public Tax Strategy. Our tax planning supports OMV’s business and reflects our commercial and economic activity. OMV does not engage in aggressive tax planning, which consists of artificial structures put in place merely to save taxes or of transactions lacking economic substance aimed at obtaining undue tax advantages. We comply with applicable tax laws and seek to limit the risk of uncertainty or disputes. We perform transactions between OMV Group companies on an arm’s length basis and in accordance with the  principles currently in force.

OMV Group companies are established in suitable jurisdictions, giving consideration to our business activities and the prevailing regulatory environment. OMV does not establish its subsidiaries in countries that do not follow international standards of transparency and exchange of information on tax matters, unless justified by operational requirements in line with OMV’s Code of Business Ethics and our Code of Conduct. The Global Tax Directive is the key internal guidance document governing taxes within the OMV Group.

Management and Due Diligence Processes

Risk Assessments

We continuously carry out risk reviews, which incorporate tax risks, in order to assess our current and future financial and non-financial risks, assess how these trends will impact OMV, and then develop appropriate responses. We report key risks internally at least twice a year to the Supervisory Board through a very clearly defined process. The Executive Board drives OMV’s commitment to the risk management program and sets the tone for a strong culture of risk awareness across the organization.

We follow OMV’s risk management system as part of our internal control processes. We identify, assess, and manage tax risks by implementing risk management measures at the operational level with a robust and complex set of controls and procedures. These guarantee that the correctness of data included in the relevant tax returns, tax payments, and communications with tax authorities is verified in a timely manner. The effectiveness and relevance of these controls and procedures is periodically assessed in order to promptly undertake any necessary mitigation and modifications.


Since 2016, OMV has been providing mandatory disclosures under the Payment to Governments Directive (in accordance with Section 267c of the Austrian Commercial Code) and publishes any payments made to governments in connection with exploration and extraction activities, such as production entitlements, taxes, or royalties, in its consolidated financial statements (for more details, see the Consolidated Report on the Payments Made to Governments in the Annual Report). In addition, OMV reports payments made to public authorities, such as taxes or royalties in connection with exploration and extraction activities, in countries that are members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (). We also file a country-by-country report () for the OMV Group with the Austrian tax authorities. This is carried out in accordance with Action 13 of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting () Action Plan. The CbCR is an annual tax return that breaks down key elements of the financial statements by tax jurisdiction.

2022 Actions

  • In September 2022, the Council of the European Union agreed on a framework for an -wide windfall tax on profits for fossil fuel companies. It is intended to be a one-time tax levied on companies when economic conditions result in large, unexpected profits – to fund relief measures for households and businesses facing high energy prices. Some European countries where OMV is operating have already implemented similar schemes on a national level.
  • With the eco-social tax reform having been adopted in Austria, a national 2 emissions price was implemented in October 2022. The national CO2 emissions price applies to defined energy carriers according to defined emissions factors. As an energy provider, we will be charged a fixed COemissions price that will be increased annually until 2026, before a market-based system is put in place. Generally, OMV supports the creation of such economic and socio-political incentives for more climate-friendly behavior; however, we favor the creation of a harmonized, EU-wide system.


Taxation as a key steering instrument toward an eco-friendly, green economy is playing a major role in the current initiatives of the EU, OECD member states, and the Austrian government.

  • In 2021, the members of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework agreed to reform international tax rules by implementing new rules for profit allocation (Pillar One) and establishing a global minimum taxation regime (Pillar Two), which is expected to come into effect in 2024.
  • In 2021, the European Council, European Parliament, and European Commission reached an agreement on the proposed public country-by-country reporting (CbCR) directive. Considering the 18-month transposition deadline for member states, the public CbCR will enter into force in 2024 for the 2023 fiscal filing year.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Country-by-Country Report
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
European Union
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