Hungary company registration

DOING BUSINESS IN HUNGARY IN 2020

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Since 2003, Healy Consultants PLC has assisted Clients with business registration in Hungary. Our services include i) Hungary company registration ii) corporate bank account opening iii) employee recruitment iv) employee visa strategies and v) office space rental solutions.

Compare different Hungary entitiesLLCFast business setup solutionPrivate limited companyPLCLLPRepresentative officeBranch office
Also known asKftKftzRtnyRtBtKiFa
Best use of company?All products and servicesClose a customer deal nowLarge projectsTo secure public fundingProfessional servicesMarketing & researchSpecific projects
How soon can you invoice Clients/sign sales contracts?2 weeks2 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
How soon can you hire staff?2 weeks2 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
How soon can you sign a lease agreement?ImmediatelyImmediatelyImmediatelyImmediatelyImmediatelyImmediatelyImmediately
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers?6 weeks2 weeks8 weeks8 weeks8 weeks9 weeks9 weeks
How long to supply company registration/tax numbers?2 weeks2 weeks4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks5 weeks5 weeks
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits for below €1.5mil?9%9%9%9%0%0%9%
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits for above €1.5mil?19%19%19%19%19%0%19%
Limited liability entity?YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
Resident director/partner/manager/legal representative required?NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Minimum paid up share capital?€1€1€16,000€65,000€0NoneNone
Can bid for Government contracts?YesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Corporate bank account location?Raiffeisen BankOPT BankUniCredit BankErste BankBudapest BankK&H BankCIB Bank
Can secure trade finance?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
VAT payable on sales to local customers?27%27%27%27%27%None27%
Average total business set up engagement costs?€10,990Inquire proposal€9,990€9,990€10,990€9,860€10,260
Average total engagement period?7 weeks6 weeks9 weeks9 weeks9 weeks3 weeks3 weeks

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Accounting and tax considerationsLLCFast business setup solutionPrivate limited companyPLCLLPRepresentative officeBranch office
Statutory corporate tax payable on annual net profits for below €1.5mil?9%9%9%9%0%0%9%
Statutory corporate tax payable on annual net profits for above €1.5mil?19%19%19%19%0%0%19%
Legally tax exempt if properly structured?NoNoNoNoYesYesNo
Group HQ tax incentives?YesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Must file an annual tax return?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Must file annual financial statements?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Must appoint an auditor?NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Withholding tax on payments to foreign shareholders?0%0%0%0%0%None0%
Company RegistrationLLCFast business setup solutionPrivate limited companyPLCLLPRepresentative officeBranch office
Resident director/partner/manager/ legal representative required?NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Minimum number of directors/managers?1133111
Minimum number of shareholders/partners?11111Parent companyParent company
Minimum statutory paid up share capital?€1€1€16,000€65,000€0NoneNone
Security deposit to be kept with Government?NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Shelf companies available?YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
Time to incorporate a new entity?2 weeks1 week4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks3 weeks3 weeks
Can easily convert to a PLC?YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
Public register of shareholders and directors?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Can have preference shareholders?YesYesYesYesYesNoNo
Business ConsiderationsLLCFast business setup solutionPrivate limited companyPLCLLPRepresentative officeBranch office
Good entity for trademark registration?YesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Can secure an import and export license?YesYesYesYesYesNoYes

Sponsorship by a local citizen required?No
Our Client needs to travel to Hungary for business set up?No
Temporary physical office solutions available?Yes
You need a local resident as bank signatory?No
Maximum shareholding for foreigners?100%
Can be wholly foreign owned?Yes
Government approval required for foreign owners?Yes
Government grants available?Yes
The entity will likely be regulated by?Hungarian Court of Registry
Monthly VAT reporting to the Government?Yes
Must sign an office lease agreement during incorporation?No
Shareholders & directors documents to be attested/translated?Yes
Each foreign director needs a personal income tax number?Yes
Foreign director needs a residence visa?Yes, if non-EU national
Maximum number of staff allowed?No maximum number for any entity
Expatriate to local staff ratio?1:20
Can secure residence visa for business owner?Yes
Other useful information
What will be included in my customer sales invoice?Click link
This country has signed free trade agreements?Yes
This country is a member of WIPO/TRIPS?Yes
This country is a member of the ICSID?Yes
Access to double taxation treaties?Yes
Average custom duties suffered?3.60%
Government foreign investment approval required?No
Average monthly office rental? (€ per sq m)22
Minimum statutory monthly salary?412
Average monthly € salary for local skilled employees?622
€ deposit interest rate? (1 year average)0.20%
Overseas remittance currency controls?None
Banking considerations
Multi-currency bank accounts available?Yes
Corporate visa debit cards available?Yes
Quality of e-banking platform?Excellent
Crowd funding available in this country?Yes
Merchant solutionsYes

Hungary business setup summary

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  • Advantages and disadvantages

    Advantages of Hungary company registration

    Hungary business registration advantage

    1. A Hungary company is an excellent global holding company because:
      • Dividends received by a Hungarian company from a foreign company are exempt from corporate tax if i) the foreign company does not derive most of its income from Hungary and ii) pays an effective tax of more than 10%. Also, dividends paid to all non-resident entities are exempt from withholding tax;
      • Interest payments and royalty payments to all entities are 100% exempt from withholding tax;
      • Capital gains resulting from sale of an investment are 100% tax-exempt if a Hungarian national has been a 10% shareholder in the company for at least one year;
      • Hungary has signed double taxation agreements with 80 countries including Australia, Canada, China, India and USA;
      • Only 1 director and 1 shareholder are required, who can be of any nationality.
    2. A Hungary company is an excellent EU trading entity because:
      • Following the EU principle of free circulation, all goods originating in and trading within the EU are exempt from customs duties. Also, goods dispatched from one VAT-registered business to another will be exempt from VAT;
      • Companies do not require an audit if i) their average annual revenue for previous two years is less than €325,000 and ii) they hired less than 50 full-time employees;
      • Companies are allowed to carry forward their losses for a period of up to five years and offset these losses against up to 50% of the profit in another financial year;
      • Foreign companies enjoy an 80% corporate tax rebate for 10 years if they invest at least €321,000 in projects relating to i) environmental protection ii) broadband internet service iii) movie production iv) infrastructure for existing food production and storage facilities and v) R & D;
    3. The Hungarian government extends both refundable and non-refundable incentives to entrepreneurs aiming to invest or expand their businesses in Hungary. The main incentives include i) cash subsidies ii) tax incentives iii) low interest loans and iv) availability of land at reduced prices;
    4. Hungary is located in central Europe with access to the EU’s 450 million consumers, and is therefore excellently placed as a manufacturing, services and logistics hub benefitting from zero customs duties or quantitative restrictions.

    Disadvantages of Hungary company registration

    1. A Hungarian business must contribute 17.5% of an employee’s gross salary for social security purposes;
    2. At 27%, Hungary’s VAT rate is the world’s highest;
    3. Hungary is perceived as one of the EU’s more corrupt countries;
    4. The country was also ranked as the 43rd best country out of 131 countries in which to register intellectual property;
    5. Hiring non-EU citizens is a challenge in Hungary. Entrepreneurs will need to prove that suitable EU citizens were not available;
    6. In Hungary, English is only spoken by 12% of the population. Non-Hungarian-speaking foreign entrepreneurs might find it difficult to communicate locally;
    7. Hungary’s high debt levels, at more than 70% of GDP, will likely lead to new taxes being implemented affecting all sectors of the economy;
    8. Hungary could suffer future economic challenges due to political conflict with the European Union.
  • Best uses for a Hungary company

    1. Hungary is an excellent EU manufacturing and distribution base because:
      • The Government will pay 40% of annual interest on a loan for resident SMEs if the amount borrowed is used for purchasing or manufacturing tangible assets;
      • A foreign company investing at least €1.6M in one of 47 Hungarian free entrepreneurial zones enjoys a 50% corporate tax rebate for 10 years;
      • Firms investing in infrastructure and R & D projects which result in creation of new jobs (dependent on the industry) can receive corporate tax credit of 80% for 10 years;
      • IT SMEs receive refund on i) 25% of payroll costs of software developers and ii) 10% of direct R & D costs for 4 years;
      • Hungary’s EU membership offers benefits including i) free movement of capital and labor ii) access to the vast European market of 500 million and iii) absence of withholding tax on payments to other European countries;
      • Hungary’s central location and its vast network of well-developed roadways, railways, waterways and airports make it a good choice for product distribution within Europe;
      • There are no capital or exchange controls imposed by the Hungary Government. Consequently, it is easy to convert foreign currency into Hungarian Forint (HUF).

Company registration

  • Time to incorporate: Two weeks
  • Cost to set up: €10,990
  • Minimum capital: €1
  • Physical office required: No

Required appointments

  • Shareholders: 1
  • Directors: 1
  • Company secretary: No
  • Resident director: No

Key facts

  • Corporate tax rate: 9%
  • Corporate tax base: Worldwide
  • Shelf companies: No
  • Main company type: KFT

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