VAT in Hungary

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In 1988, Hungary introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT), locally referred to as Általános forgalmi adó (ÁFA). The primary legal framework governing VAT in Hungary is outlined in the Hungarian Act CXXVII of 2007 on Value Added Tax (Általános forgalmi adóról), as subsequently amended (referred to as the “VAT Act”). This Act aligns with the European Union’s (EU) VAT Directive, which, due to EU law’s supremacy, can supersede Hungarian VAT regulations.

Everything you need to know about VAT registration, returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in Hungary is conveniently located right here!

VAT Guide Hungary

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Scope of Taxation

Value Added Tax (VAT) can be applied in two ways: either the supplier is responsible for collecting and remitting the tax to the government, or in certain cases, the recipient of the goods or services is responsible for paying the tax directly to the government under what is known as the reverse charge mechanism.


The following transactions are subject to VAT:


  • When a taxable person supplies goods or services for a fee within the borders of Hungary.
  • When goods are acquired from another European Union (EU) member state for a fee.
  • When goods are imported into Hungary from a non-EU country.

Article 2 of the Hungarian VAT Act defines taxable transactions as including all types of supplies, such as the sale and provision of goods or services for a fee within Hungary, as well as intra-Community acquisitions and imports. Additionally, barter transactions are also subject to VAT and are treated as two separate taxable transactions, each assessed separately for the tax.


The supply of goods and services is treated equally under the Act, regardless of the way they are supplied:


  • Whether it is under a contract
  • Legal regulation.
  • Court decision or decree of an authority
  • Through an auction.

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Hungary –  General VAT information

Tax authority Hungarian National Legislation 
VAT in local language Általános forgalmi adó (ÁFA)
Currency  Ft HUF
VAT number format HU + 8 characters
VAT rates


Standard 27%; Reduced 18%, 5%
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt
Established None
Non-established None
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS) HUF 10,000
VAT Group Allowed – but optional
Voluntary Registration Available- only if the company must either have already made taxable supplies and paid VAT in Hungary
Intra-EU Dispatches HUF 14 Billion
Intra-EU Arrivals HUF 5 Billion
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses Yes
Compliance Returns and Deadlines
VAT Returns Monthly – 20th of the following month
Quarterly – 20th of the following quarter

Annually – 25th February of the following tax year

Frequency Monthly, quarterly, and annually
European Sales Listing 20th day of the month after the end of the reporting period (month/quarter) to which it relates.
Intrastat 15th of the following month
Electronic Invoicing Electronic invoices are generally optional and subject to acceptance by the recipient. However, all invoices must be reported electronically through Real-time Reporting.




Last Updated: 04/04/2024


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