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Exhibitions, events abroad – foreign VAT issues

Companies organising a conference, event or exhibition abroad – whether it is their own event, or an event organised abroad by an event management company – need to be aware of the circumstances when they are to apply for a foreign VAT number or pay VAT abroad. This is because failure to comply with VAT obligations can lead to heavy default penalties and tax fines.

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The tax authority’s audit plan for 2024

The tax authority\'s 2024 audit plan has been published and shows that this year\'s tax audits will focus on affiliated companies, transfer pricing, employee stock ownership plans and foreign income, but large employers should also expect inquiries. The range of activities identified as high risk has also been significantly extended, including focus on income from controlled capital market transactions and cryptocurrencies.

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Closing the business year – legal tasks

The tasks pertaining to the preparation of the annual financial statements and the year-end closing place a considerable burden on the accounting and tax professionals of Hungarian companies, who must also keep in mind the legal implications and obligations related to the year-end closing. Let\'s take a look at the legal tasks involved in the preparation of the financial statements and the year-end closing.

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Global minimum tax: a minimum rate of 15% tax on the profits of multinationals

This January a Hungarian legal regulation has entered into force on the global minimum tax, introducing the new tax type in Hungary, too. The global minimum tax, developed by the OECD and transposed into EU law, aims to ensure that the effective tax burden for groups of companies with a turnover above €750 million is evenly distributed among group members and that the effective tax rate per country reaches 15%. With the introduction of the global minimum tax, the groups concerned will face complex legal interpretation and administrative challenges

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Fiduciary trusts 2024

Fiduciary trusts (“bizalmi vagyonkezelés” in Hungarian) have spread in the past few years. In recent years, trusts offering complex wealth management solutions have become increasingly popular in Hungary as well, with the number of managed asset accounts exceeding one thousand by February 2024. A legislative amendment contributed significantly to the increase in the number of trusts in 2023: the abolition of the tax-free placement of assets by private trustors encouraged many wealthy individuals to set up trusts before autumn 2023.

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Millions in tax advantages through retrospective reporting of previously non-reported participations in Hungary

In 2024, companies will have the opportunity for a tax amnesty by retrospectively reporting participation acquisitions that were not reported to the Hungarian Tax Authority previously. This will allow corporate income taxpayers who previously failed to report their participations obtained in other companies which could have exempted them from paying Corporate Income Tax (CIT) upon sale. The general deadline for the retrospective reporting of participations is 31 May 2024. The biggest beneficiaries of the retrospective reporting could be those companies expecting a significant market value growth of their subsidiary.

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CBAM: what you need to know

In 2024, numerous companies in Hungary are required to make a CBAM declaration, based on a European Union regulation* adopted in 2023, regulating a mechanism to offset the carbon intensity of imported goods. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the obligation known as the carbon duty. Yet, CBAM will be a new, long-standing, and challenging obligation.

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Accounting in Hungary 2024 – What’s new?

Find below the most important changes in accounting coming into force in 2024, which companies should integrate into their accounting and auditing systems at the beginning of the year. Please note that the Accounting Act was amended several times in 2023, and these accounting changes were regulated in various pieces of legislation*.

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