A new official electronic register for general power of attorney has been established and is operating from 1 January 2018. The general POAs can be submitted in civil litigation and non-contentious cases and in administrative court procedures. The registration must be initiated at the competent regional courts. The register is not public, however it is available free of charge to the courts and other authorities, as well as to the parties concerned. The register is maintained by the National Office for the Judiciary (in Hungarian: “OBH”).
According to a recent amendment to the Hungarian act on the general rules of electronic administration and confidential services and to its implementing decree, all state organisations providing electronic administration, including all the courts and the National Office for the Judiciary (in Hungarian: “OBH”), must ensure the electronic communication in all matters falling within their competence.
According to the new Hungarian tax procedural act entered into force on 1 January 2018, business associations are obliged to report data about their foreign bank accounts to the tax authority. The law requires that business associations having a foreign bank account number must report until 31 January 2018 such foreign bank account number and the name of the foreign bank on a special form applicable for this purpose.
In line with a recent modification approved by the Hungarian Parliament as of 1 January 2018, employers are no longer able to prepare tax assessments for their employees. The aim of the modification was to ease the administrative burden on entrepreneurs. According to the records of the Hungarian Ministry of National Development, entrepreneurs spent an average of 34 working days per year with administrative duties, which was over the average in EU.
The revised payment services directive (“PSD2”) has already been implemented in Hungary, most of the provisions will be effective on 13 January 2018. PSD2 will open up the payment market to new players (“fintech companies”) in the payment services, particularly to payment initiation service providers (“PISPs”) and to account information service providers (“AISPs”), and introduces strict security requirements for the initiation and processing of electronic payments (strong customer authentication – “SCA”).
According to the current wording of the Code of the Civil Procedure, a private document, until proven otherwise, must have full probative force, verifying that the issuer has in fact made the statement that the document contains, or undertakes to consider himself bound by such statement, provided that the rules regarding the form of using witnesses is observed.
Based on the recently modified Hungarian VAT Act, in case of invoices issued in connection with transactions between resident taxpayers, the issuer of the invoice is obliged to report data from the invoice to the tax authority if the output tax is equal or above HUF 100,000. The goal of this obligation is the reduction of tax evasion and the whitening of the economy.