The Hayek Institute is Austria's first organization to focus on the economic and socio-political thinking of F. A. v. Hayek and the Austrian School of Economics. Publications, international conferences, and other forms of communication promote the discussion of these ideas and their dissemination in their home country. The institute addresses primarily entrepreneurs and students, but also media, politics and the interested public. The Hayek Institute is politically independent.
Austria’s Finance Minister Gernot Blümel recently announced that Austria is considering introducing the tax deductibility of notional equity interest. This change might come into effect next year.
Such a tax deduction would allow companies to deduct a fixed notional interest rate on equity from corporate income tax. This measure aims to strengthen the equity ratio of companies. Low capital levels are often seen as a risk factor to economic stability , an issue of concern during and likely long after the height of the current economic crisis.