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Online invoices - HU TA will only accept data in the new format from May!

A change is coming in online invoice data reporting form midnight on 1 May. From this point, the system of HU TA will only accept online invoice data reporting in the new data format, which leaves one week for switching to version 1.1. Failure to submit online invoice data reports may result in a penalty of up to half a million forints per invoice, which may represent an even higher tax penalty risk than the VAT content of the invoice.

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Tax consequences of company sales and acquisitions

At the time of company or division sales, sellers have a tax liability (an obligation to pay income tax),let they be private individuals or companies. In connection with purchasing a company or division, any tax payment obligations and potential subsequent uses of deferred losses must be examined.

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Helga Kiss, Senior tax advisor, RSM Hungary
Helga Kiss
Tax

Online invoice - from one to two

Although the deadline for this year\'s first modification phase has not yet expired, HU TA has already announced that the next step in online invoice data reporting will be version 2.0. Unlike in the tax authority\'s preliminary plans, not only an adjustment but a larger scale transformation should be expected in relation to online invoice reports.

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József Vizer, RSM Hungary, Tax manager, Tax expert
József Vizer

First deadline of the innovation contribution advance payment approaching!

From 2019, only those enterprises are exempt from the obligation to pay innovation contribution, which, taking all provisions of the SME Act into account, qualify as small or micro enterprises also on an aggregate basis considering their partner and linked enterprises. Although with its rate of 0.3 percent, innovation contribution is relatively small compared with almost all other tax and contribution liabilities, it may represent a substantial expense considering its tax base for the businesses specializing in the provision of services.

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Film subsidy 2019

From 1 January 2019, the film productions registered with the National Film Office may account for costs acknowledged for the purposes of the film subsidy according to the Film Act* amended at several points. This may come handy for the domestic production of series with many characters but the base of the film subsidy may reduce in the case of employing high-paid, typically foreign stars.

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Employee housing support - good-bye tax exemption, hello subsequent inspection!

Until 2018, the Act on Personal Income Tax made it possible for employers to provide employees tax-free housing support up to an amount of 5 million forints. This popular tax-free benefit form is no longer available from 2019 but the submission, collection of the certificates relating to support provided earlier is in the interest of both employees and companies.

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Online invoice data reporting - details of the first XML schema change

As promised, at the end of January the tax authority made available the detailed technical specifications of the first round of invoice XML schema changes planned for this year. Based on this communication, the developers of invoicing systems have three months for the integration and testing of the changes. The Tax Authority declared it will not accept any invoices based on the old schema version (1.0) XML documents from 1st of May 2019.

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Brexit guide for UK companies operating in Hungary

At the moment there is no clear single scenario with respect to how the Brexit will evolve (no-deal Brexit, postponing the Brexit, some sort of deal, etc). We think reasonably prudent businesses should start preparing for no-deal Brexit, despite the probability of other scenarios.

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New social contribution tax law from 2019

The new Act on Social Contribution Tax entering into force from 2019 is novel relative to former regulation in terms of the integration of health contribution and the transformation of the system of allowances. Companies should pay special attention to four things in relation to social contribution tax: which allowances based on former rules they can continue to make use of, which ones they can apply according to the new rules, which ones are eliminated and which allowances can be applied on a retroactive basis, even using self-revision.

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