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Further economic relief measures in Hungary

March 23, 2020

Updated on 25 March 2020

After the economic relief measures introduced as of 18 March 2020, some further measures have just been announced to alleviate the burdens of a broader segment of the population, and counter the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on Hungarian economy.

The new measures mostly concern tax releases and moratoria. Details were clarified in a decree published later the same day, the main elements of which were as follows:

  • After taxi-drivers, self-employed small taxpayers (in the KATA construction) in further sectors will not be required to pay their contributions for March through June. The sectors involved are mostly in the service industry, and about 80,000 people are concerned in hospitality, entertainment, and producing audiovisual and written media.
  • For tax arrears in the KATA construction generated before 1 March, collection is suspended during the emergency.
  • Forced collection of tax arrears will be suspended during the emergency.
  • Evictions and seizure of goods is suspended during the emergency.
  • Just like in the hospitality industry, audiovisual media service providers will be exempt from paying certain taxes and contributions, to be clarified later.
  • Maternity leaves (GYES and GYED) expiring during the emergency are automatically extended until the end of the emergency.

Are you affected? Then consult your accountant, and let us check if any of these measures should be implemented in your accountancy. Take advantage of the economic relief measures the Hungarian government provides.

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