In December 2019 the Hungarian Parliament adopted a law resulting in that all Supreme Court rulings become precedents.
While dozens of programmers, engineers and hairdressers continue to opt for KATA [the fixed-rate tax for enterprises categorised as “small taxpayers”] in Hungary, the tax is increasingly coming under fire from all sides. Apparently, the Hungarian Tax Authority (NAV) is stepping up its investigations into businesses who employ KATA payers, and at the same time rumours are also flying about a planned KATA tightening.
DLA Piper has advised the Hungarian Fund Management Company on the acquisition of Forgacs Intezet, a company focusing on the provision of reproductive health services and obstetric and outpatient care. The unidentified seller was advised by Solo Practitioner Tomcsanyi Tamas, and financial details were not disclosed.
“We had municipal elections in October, and much to everybody's surprise, the opposition to Prime Minister Viktor Orban did quite well,“ reports Tamas Szabo, Managing Partner at Szabo, Kelemen & Partners in Budapest. “The opposition took the Mayorship of Budapest and around half of the districts in the capital – this is very surprising, especially given that Orban holds a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. This shows that the opposition is still alive, but it remains to be seen if this signifies a new trend.“ He notes that the Prime Minister and his political party remain popular in the countryside.
For two years, new rules apply to proceedings at the ordinary courts, which make litigation a lot more difficult and formalised. As a result, lawyers are increasingly confronted with the question of whether the arbitration court or the ordinary court is more appropriate for ruling on any potential disputes. Of course, the time-worn answer is: it depends… But on what?
A new era began on October 1, 2019 in the history of Hungarian investment promotion: there is no need for new job creation of VIP Cash Grant (regulated by Government Decree No. 210/2014) applicants anymore in case of classical manufacturing investments. The measure is a relief in the tight Hungarian labor market for both newcomers and those considering capacity expansion. In line with the above, the conditions of Development Tax Allowance (regulated by Government Decree No. 165/2014) were amended as of January 1, 2020; therefore, investors commit only to the maintenance of their current level of employees.