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VAT rates in Hungary

Last updated on 23 June 2021.

VAT is short for “value added tax” in Europe. This is a consumption-based tax, added to the net price of goods. In Hungary, when you see the prices at a store, VAT is usually included already. The net price is indicated only if the seller expects that the customer will be another company, to which net prices matter – since companies can reclaim VAT.

Regular VAT is 27%

In Hungary, the rate of VAT is usually 27%. There are some special product types where VAT rates are lower. Before you start trading in Hungary, make sure you know how much VAT you must pay to the tax authority in order to properly adjust your margins.

VAT rates lower than the regular 27% are as follows:

18% VAT

  • dairy products and bread
  • district heating and

5% VAT

  • specific medicines and medical devices
  • performing arts
  • books, magazines, newspapers
  • some stock animals
  • poultry, eggs, fresh milk, fish, pork
  • commercial accommodation services
  • newly built homes
  • internet access
  • catering in restaurants offering hot meals and freshly made soft drinks (except for cold meals, alcoholic beverages and canned/bottled soft drinks)
  • takeaway and home delivery from restaurants (as of 14 November 2020, during the state of emergency)

0% VAT

Please consult your accountant regularly about VAT regulations to make sure all your invoices are issued properly, and VAT is correctly reported to the tax authority.

The most recent changes to VAT procedures are as follows:

2018: Provide data on invoices of high value

From 1 July 2018, if you issue an invoice with a VAT content over HUF 100,000 (ca. EUR 300), you must register that invoice online as soon as possible. If you are using an online invoicing software, you have nothing to do. If you are using a paper-based solution (an invoice booklet), you have 5 days to report the invoice in question.

2017: Include the customer’s VAT number on invoices

The VAT number of the seller must always be indicated on the invoice. However, if the VAT content of an invoice is above HUF 100,000 (ca. EUR 300), the VAT number of the buyer should also be indicated on the invoice since 2017. Since the regulation refers to the VAT content, the total of the invoice might vary based on the VAT rates involved. Rule of thumb: if you are issuing or receiving an invoice with a net total of more than HUF 370,000 (ca. EUR 1,100) and a gross total of more than HUF 470,000 (ca. EUR 1,400), make sure both seller’s and buyer’s VAT number is included in the invoice.

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