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61! – A record number of taxes in Hungary

Dániel Veres | 11 March 2024
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Dániel Veres

As we move into yet another year with the special surtaxes in effect, the question justifiably arises: for how much longer will the extra-profit taxes, those labelled initially as temporary, encumber the Hungarian taxpayers’ declarations. Also, businesses now have to face additional burdens, such as the EPR fees, the carbon quota tax or the global minimum of the corporate income tax. 

FDI Approval: the rule that does not disappear, just keeps changing

Ágnes Bejó | 21 February 2024
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Ágnes Bejó

Since COVID, we have been living with a rule that makes the acquisition of ownership by foreigners in certain Hungarian companies operating in strategic sectors subject to government approval. Although we can no longer speak of a state of emergency, the rule is expected to stay with us for long – albeit with several modifications along the way, as happened in January this year.

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FDI, M&A

It's everywhere, yet unseen: open-source software

Gábor Kerekes J. | 10 January 2024
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Gábor Kerekes J.

Nowadays, we use software even when we're not aware of it, as everything from cars to smartwatches and household appliances, without exception, is operated with the help of some software or application. However, few people know that in the development of any software, there is a good chance that open-source software is used. Open-source software offers excellent solutions and an inexhaustible knowledge base, but its legal implications are far from clear.

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IP

The Hungarian regulation on foreigner’s VAT refund violates EU rules, according to the advocate general's opinion

Péter Barta | 18 December 2023
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Péter Barta

According to the opinion released yesterday by the advocate general of the European Court of Justice, the Hungarian regulation that prohibits foreign taxpayers from submitting their documents in the second instance (appeal) procedures in VAT refund cases violates European law. If the final judgment will align with this opinion, it would not only simplify the process for foreign businesses to claim VAT refunds in Hungary but would also open the possibility to reclaim previous VAT payments.

Closure of Shops: The Red Card Comes Immediately

Péter Barta | 18 December 2023
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Péter Barta

The rules for shop closures are tightening, and next year, those who violate invoice or receipt obligations may not necessarily get away with just a warning. Considering that even a few weeks of closure can cause significant damage to a company's life, it is advisable for businesses to tighten their processes and supervision of their employees.

Tax-free acquisition of shares in startups

Zsóka Erdősy | 29 November 2023
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Zsóka Erdősy

As of 1 January 2024, a long-standing dream of startups is coming true: these companies can provide shares to their employees and executives tax-free. As a result, the ownership mindset and motivation of these individuals can be efficiently ensured without tax burdens.

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Tax

EPR DATA REPORTING - IT'S NOT WORTH TO CIRCUMVENT THE OBLIGATIONS

Henrik Bereznai | 12 October 2023
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Henrik Bereznai

The approaching October 20 deadline has been kept the Hungarian business sphere on edge for quite some time. This is the cutoff for submitting the first EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) declarations. While many details are still unresolved, it is already clear that attempting to deceive or withhold information is not worth it.

On the Horizon: The First Data Submission of the EPR regime - The Most Important Questions and Answers

Henrik Bereznai | 26 September 2023
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Henrik Bereznai

As part of the implementation of the European Union's waste management directives, Hungary will also need to apply the rules of the ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ (EPR) legislation as from 1 July 2023.

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