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VAT on bad debts – whoever misses this one really will miss out

Tamás Fehér | 20 September 2021
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Tamás Fehér

For years now, opportunities to reclaim VAT on bad debts have come up again and again. Although many had thought they had definitely missed the boat on this one, taxpayers have just been given one last chance.

Summer, sea, tax-free dividends

Anilla Gondi | 12 August 2021
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Anilla Gondi

For many, the summer months bring to mind sunny beaches, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine, colourful buildings along Portuguese streets, and cities that offer memorable cultural experiences... Yet few are aware that, beyond drawing in tourists, because of their tax systems, popular holiday resorts are also attractive destinations for affluent, well-to-do foreigners - often for periods of time longer than that of a mere summer adventure.

Not even loan contracts are set in stone

Boglárka Zsibrita | 16 July 2021
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Boglárka Zsibrita

A common stereotype prevails that banking contracts are non-negotiable, and borrowers hardly have a say in the terms of their contracts. However, this is not the case: like any economic operator, banks are also willing to compromise. Banks’ flexibility varies depending on who and when is seeking preferential treatment and on the contractual terms subject to negotiations.

NAV to Have Access to Dubai-Based Shell Companies’ Data

dr. Czoboly Gergely | 21 June 2021
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dr. Czoboly Gergely

At the beginning of April, a new OECD standard came into force, by virtue of which tax authorities will be better placed to monitor the activities of companies registered in tax havens and to access their key financial data. Although it remains to be seen how the Hungarian Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) will use this information, several popular tax minimisation strategies may be at risk.

Don’t be afraid about the reporting

Ágnes Bejó | 10 June 2021
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Ágnes Bejó

It’s been almost a year since the obligation to report certain acquisitions of property by foreigners in Hungary was introduced. Since May last year, foreign persons can only acquire interest of a value exceeding one million EUR in strategic companies subject to reporting and the Ministry’s acknowledgement. Though at first, many had reservations regarding this authorisation obligation, which is based on the Italian practice and is one of the strictest regulations in Europe, by now it has become a concept integrated into the company acquisition market. We have summarised the experiences of the past one year.

Ban from management – when the superweapon backfires

Dániel Veres | 26 April 2021
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Dániel Veres

“The tax number of one of my companies was deleted due to some blunder, but we corrected it” – so begins a widely-known and innocent story that could happen to anyone. Then we realise in terror that due to this “blunder”, the Court of Registration refuses to register our company, or that the tax authority wants to delete the tax number of one of our existing companies. Could this have been avoided? What can be done?

Supreme Court: VAT on bad debts is to be refunded

Tamás Fehér | 17 March 2021
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Tamás Fehér

For the first time, the Supreme Court ruled on the merits concerning the refund of VAT on bad debts – and the decision was in favour of taxpayers. The judgments serve as a guideline in a number of similar cases, and may even help taxpayers with refunds claimed under the rules that came into force in 2020.

Greenfield investments could gain momentum

Levente Bihari | 11 March 2021
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Levente Bihari

2021 could greatly simplify the parcelling of jointly owned arable land. Also, the new rules will settle the status of land registered in the name of unidentifiable owners. At the same time, a clearer and more transparent title structure could not only enhance farming efficiency but also boost greenfield investments.

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