Committee rejects proposal to scrap simplified business tax

Banking

Parliament's Audit and Budget Committee on Wednesday rejected a proposal by an MP of governing Fidesz to eliminate the Simplified Business Tax (eva).

The proposal was submitted by László Koszorús.

Fidesz MP József Dancsó argued that eliminating the tax was a step that would affect many businesses. But deputy state secretary for tax affairs at the National Economy Ministry Ádám Balog backed the proposal to scrap the tax.

MPs on the committee backed a proposal to raise the annual revenue cap on companies that can opt to pay eva from HUF 25m to HUF 30m as well as to increase the tax rate from 30pc to 35pc of revenue.

Companies that pay eva may not make any deductions.

Daily Népszabadság said on Thursday that the government decided to scrap eva at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The paper did not cite any sources.

The tax generated revenue of HUF 86.5bn in January-September, the latest general government data from the National Economy Ministry show.

The tax is expected to bring in HUF 180.1bn for the full year, according to a downward revised target approved by Parliament, practically level with the HUF 181.9bn eva generated in 2010. The tax is expected to bring in revenue of HUF 179.1bn in 2012, HUF 187.7bn in 2013, HUF 197.8bn in 2014 and HUF 208.2bn in 2015, according to targets in the 2012 budget bill.

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