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Deposit Return System (DRS) - November 15 is the deadline for compulsory registration!

Hungarian Companies have barely recovered from the first ordeal of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations, and now they are confronted with the next challenge affecting waste management, the new mandatory Deposit Return System (DRS). Although the DRS is expected to impact fewer operators, it could pose a much greater challenge than the EPR. The official launch of the mandatory deposit return system is on January 1, 2024, with the obligation for distributors of affected products to register by November 15, 2023.

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Tax consequences of the termination of the US-Hungarian tax treaty

In July 2022, the United States of America announced that it would terminate the 1979 international treaty with Hungary on the avoidance of double taxation. Although the provisions of the US-Hungarian tax treaty will still be applicable for tax purposes until 31 December 2023, the absence of the treaty will have a significant impact on the activities of private individuals and companies after 1 January 2024, measurable in tax forints, and it is worth preparing for this in good time.

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The carbon tax is here

The Hungarian Government Decree 320/2023 (VII. 17.) on the carbon dioxide quota, published on 17 July 2023, has the unconcealed aim of imposing a significant tax on the country\'s largest carbon dioxide emitters, which will mean extra tax liability for dozens of stakeholders, including many foreign-owned companies. Our blog post summarises the most important things to know.

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R&D investment can reduce extra profit tax of pharmaceutical producers in Hungary

Government Decree 317/2023 (17 July 2023) was published in the Official Journal of Hungary on 17 July 2023, amending the effective Government Decree on extra-profit taxes in several points. One significant change is that pharmaceutical companies may reduce their special tax liability for the tax year 2024 by the cost of R&D activity (investment) aimed at the purchase or production of tangible assets.

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Minimise your tax risk by business partner due diligence

Many companies only realise the importance of verifying their business partners and the existence of related documentation during a tax authority audit, when they are required to present their contracting procedure and, for certain business partners selected by the tax authority, their due diligence documentation. However, the outcome of the tax audit is often a tax authority report and decision in which the tax authority - citing certain objective circumstances and lack of due diligence - denies the right to deduct VAT included in the invoice received, and imposes a tax penalty, even though performance was duly made. This is because the legal regulations require a preliminary business due diligence procedure to ensure that the content of the invoice is authentic, i.e. that the actual performance is consistent with the invoice.

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Helga Kiss, tax director, RSM Hungary
Helga Kiss

2023 summer tax package in Hungary – a summary of the main changes

On 6 June a package of tax bills containing a number of changes was announced, including significant modifications to VAT, personal income tax, corporate income tax, extra profit tax, local business tax, customs and excise regulations, as well as NETA (Public Health product tax). We have summarised the main tax types where taxpayers, especially companies, should expect changes from 2024. However, in many cases, changes could come into force as early as 2023.

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How will the new social contribution tax affect investments in Hungary?

Pursuant to Government Decree No. 205/2023. (V. 31.) published on 31 May in the Official Journal of Hungary, as of 1 July 2023 interest income under the PIT Act – except for interest income from investment units of real estate funds – shall be subject to a 13% social contribution tax (“szocho”) in addition to the 15% personal income tax (PIT) during the state of emergency announced by Government Decree No. 424/2022. (X. 28.). The state of emergency is currently scheduled to last until 26 November 2023, but it cannot be ruled out that it will be extended again.

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Important changes planned by the Hungarian Tax Authority

Ever since the launch of the Online Invoice System, the Hungarian Tax Authority has been implementing both minor and major changes to the platform from time to time. Most recently, a change affecting a large number of businesses was announced by the Tax Authority in January, which was originally planned to go live on 15 May. However, according to the most recent news from the Hungarian Tax Authority, the go-live of the change has been postponed until 18 September. This means that companies that have failed to prepare for the changes involving corrective and cancellation invoices have nearly four more months to get ready

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