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Foreign VAT refund - The Court of Justice of the EU comes to the aid of taxpayers

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled (C-746/22) that a Hungarian rule which does not allow foreign taxpayers to submit their VAT refund documents even in the second instance procedure is not in line with the EU law. The CJEU found that the Hungarian legislation infringes the principle of VAT neutrality and the principle of effectiveness, as it prohibits taxpayers from providing the additional information requested by the first-tier tax authority in an appeal to the second-tier tax authority.

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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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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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EÁFA (eVAT) M2M – What Needs to be Done Before the Introduction of the Electronic VAT System in 2024?

In 2024, the Tax Authority of Hungary (NAV) will make an innovative step in the field of VAT declarations with the introduction of eÁFA (or eVAT),which will base declarations on data instead of the previously accustomed aggregated data. In order to simplify their VAT declarations and reduce administrative burdens with the help of eVAT M2M, companies must undertake several important steps.

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The Mandatory Deposit Return System (DRS) and VAT

From January 1, 2024, the deposit return system for mandatory deposit fee products marketed domestically, the DRS, will be implemented. The mandatory deposit fee system imposes tasks on both manufacturers and distributors, and due to the introduction of the DRS, the summer tax package also amended the VAT law effective from January 1, 2024. In the following blog post, we will present the most important VAT-related effects of the new DRS system.

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VAT implications of event management - A non-resident company organises an event in Hungary

In this blog, we will look at what a foreign event organiser needs to bear in mind when the event requires personal presence and takes place in Hungary. There are a number of factors to be considered in connection with a Hungarian event of a non-resident company, from the VAT registration and tax liability to the invoicing and declaration of transactions and the recovery of the VAT content of the costs incurred.

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Petra Palicz

Hungarian VAT implications for UK taxpayers

UK companies have no longer been subject to EU VAT laws since 2021; therefore their Hungarian tax liabilities are governed by different rules. How can VAT regulations be interpreted in this new situation and what have taxpayers experienced since Brexit? In our blog post below we have summarised the most important changes from a VAT perspective.

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