5 WAYS TO REDUCE EMPLOYMENT TAX BURDEN IN HUNGARY

István Csővári | 19 February 2020

In Hungary the overall tax burden on employment income represents 44% of the total wage cost. Here are the most efficient ways to cut this tax bill.

KATA in the crosshairs

Péter Barta | 12 February 2020

While dozens of programmers, engineers and hairdressers continue to opt for KATA [the fixed-rate tax for enterprises categorised as “small taxpayers”] in Hungary, the tax is increasingly coming under fire from all sides. Apparently, the Hungarian Tax Authority (NAV) is stepping up its investigations into businesses who employ KATA payers, and at the same time rumours are also flying about a planned KATA tightening.

Arbitration court or ordinary court – how should we choose?

Tamás Fehér | 3 February 2020

For two years, new rules apply to proceedings at the ordinary courts, which make litigation a lot more difficult and formalised. As a result, lawyers are increasingly confronted with the question of whether the arbitration court or the ordinary court is more appropriate for ruling on any potential disputes. Of course, the time-worn answer is: it depends… But on what?

TOP 5 aspects making company establishment easy

Ágnes Bejó | 20 January 2020

Do you need a company to be established in Hungary? You will find below some hints and tips that will make your life easier.

Case law more widely used in Hungary

Zoltán Dobos | 14 January 2020

Most have heard of the difference between Anglo-Saxon case law and the continental courts – and perhaps that Hungary has so far firmly belonged to the latter camp. However, an amendment to the law that has recently been adopted represents a major step in the opposite direction – one that could result in thousands of Supreme Court rulings becoming precedents overnight. 

Company group therapy: when and why should we transform our business into a company group?

István Csővári | 9 January 2020

While a typical small or medium-sized family business consists of a single company, large enterprises tend to work in the form of a company group, made up of numerous companies. How do company groups form and what justifies their formation? When is it worth establishing a company group? These are the questions we seek to answer.

TOP 5 collaterals used by Hungarian banks in financing deals

Boglárka Zsibrita | 27 November 2019

If you decide to apply for bank financing, you will need to consider not only the financial terms of the loan but also whether you are ready to allow the bank to access your assets as collateral. It will probably ask for the following guarantees.  

It walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck, right

Kitti Vizler | 20 November 2019

When it comes to instances of compensation, this is not always the case. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently reiterated that compensation for damages or contractual penalties may also qualify as consideration for a service for the purposes of VAT. This is important because consideration (i.e. the price of a service) is subject to VAT, whereas compensation is not. This could affect so-called loyalty periods or other fixed-term services in particular.

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