Don’t forget to donate your 1% personal income tax

May 8, 2024

The deadline to report your personal income tax in Hungary is coming up: 21 May 2024, Tuesday. At the same time, you can also donate 1+1% of your taxes. This costs you nothing, and you can support a good cause. Check out how that works and where the money goes.

What happens to my personal income tax?

Your income generated in Hungary is taxed at 15%. If you work in employment, it gets deducted from your monthly salary and your employer pays it directly to the Tax Authority, this way you receive your net salary (sometimes also referred to as take home pay).

Personal income tax covers about 10% of the income of the government budget. Each year, the government decides how they will spend that money alongside the rest of the budget. As a result, you do not have direct control over what happens to your personal income tax. You can only exercise indirect control, by voting in the general elections – which is available only to Hungarian citizens. (If you have an address card, however, you can vote in the municipal elections. The next one is coming up in a month, on 9 June 2024.)

Take direct control over how your personal income tax is spent

Even though most of your personal income tax will be budgeted by the government, you do have direct control over 2% of it. When you submit your yearly tax income report, you have an option to redirect 1% to an NGO and another 1% to a church. This is why the streets are full of billboards asking for “your 1%”, as organizations want to convince you to donate your 1% to them.

If you do not indicate where you want to redirect your 1%, it will be simply added to the government budget. As a result, if you wish to have more control over how your taxes are spent, this is a great opportunity to take action.

Who can receive my 1%?

When you are filing your tax returns, you actually have 2 batch of forms you can fill in: one for your personal income tax, and one for the 1+1%. This is true whether you are taking care of this online or on paper. You will see that the 1+1% form has two sections:

  • Choose a non-governmental organization
  • Choose a church (they are also referred to as organizations with a technical number)

If you start typing the name of each, you will be able to select the one you prefer from a dropdown menu. You can also check the options separately, on the website of the Tax Authority, where every organization that is eligible for the 1% donation is listed (NGOs and churches separately).

If you need inspiration, you can also check out the list of NGOs the Helpers Team supported during our latest Christmas charity drive.

Supported organizations in 2022

Of course, the Tax Authority always publishes statistics of the donations made in the previous years. You can check out the data here.

In 2022, over 29,500 non-governmental organizations received donations from the 1% personal income tax of 1.8 million taxpayers, with a value of HUF 15.3 billion (over EUR 38 million). The 10 most prominent recipients were as follows:

NameTaxes donated (HUF)Number of donors
Országos Mentőszolgálat Alapítvány (Foundation for the National Ambulance Service)336,810,49840,556
Heim Pál Gyermekkórház Fejlesztéséért Alapítvány (Foundation for the development of Heim Pál Children’s Hospital)299,876,57033,253
Partizán Rendszerkritikus Tartalomelőállításért Alapítvány (Foundation for creating content scrutinizing the regime)191,131,79321,122
Daganatos.hu Alapítvány (Foundation for supporting children who have cancer)175,350,02425,595
Bethesda Kórház Alapítvány (Foundation for the development of Bethesda Children’s Hospital)170,068,51118,210
Bátor Tábor Alapítvány (Foundation supporting the therapeutic recreation of chronically ill children and children with cancer)164,330,57117,661
Szent Márton Gyermekmentő Szolgálat Közhasznú Alapítvány (Foundation supporting an ambulance service specialized in helping children)163,017,80620,637
Kutya-segélyszolgálat Alapítvány (Foundation supporting injured or chronically ill shelter dogs)116,628,09817,856
Madárkórház Alapítvány (Foundation for the development of the Bird Hospital)98,012,47611,454
Peter Cerny Alapítvány a Beteg Koraszülöttek Gyógyításáért (Foundation for the treatment of premature babies)95,721,87710,744

In 2022, over 150 churches or similar organizations received donations from the 1% personal income tax of almost 2 million taxpayers, with a value of HUF 15.5 billion (almost EUR 39 million). The 10 most prominent receivers were as follows:

NameTaxes donated (HUF)Number of donors
Magyar Katolikus Egyház (Catholic Church in Hungary)6,048,508,395803,070
Magyarországi Református Egyház (Reformed Church in Hungary)2,657,460,792348,482
Magyarországi Evangélikus Egyház (Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary)743,049,74592,581
Magyarországi Evangéliumi Testvérközösség (Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship)718,331,88173,381
Magyarországi Krisna-tudatú Hívők Közössége (Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness)691,365,74886,005
Magyarországi Baptista Egyház (Baptist Church of Hungary)461,179,08256,294
A Tan Kapuja Buddhista Egyház (Dharma Gate Buddhist Church)290,239,33733,566
Gyémánt Út Buddhista Közösség (Diamond Way Buddhist Community)203,376,05924,377
Hit Gyülekezete (Faith Church)169,614,67536,108
Magyarországi Zsidó Hitközségek Szövetsége (Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities)131,599,59112,612
Magyarországi Jehova Tanúi Egyház (Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hungary)82,580,66414,672

Make the most of your Hungarian tax residency

Even if you are not a Hungarian citizen, you do have some control over how your personal income tax is used. Make sure to exercise your rights in deciding how your taxes are spent, and support a good cause. You can do this by 21 May 2024, Tuesday, which is also the deadline for submitting your personal income tax report.

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