Tax office to target car mechanics

Automotive

Hungary's tax office is making audits of car mechanics a priority, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Wednesday. Gabriella Németh, an advisor for the National Tax and Customs Office (NAV), told the newspaper that all vehicle repair shops could expect a test purchase by a tax inspector sooner or later.   

Németh added that this was not a crackdown, but a continuous priority task for NAV. Audits of vehicle repair shops in central Hungary in the summer showed legal violations in about half of all cases.

The National Economy Ministry signed an agreement with the Hungarian Association of Automobile Dealers (GEMOSz) last summer on establishing legal and regulatory conditions that squeeze out car mechanics who work in the shadow economy.

– Written by Gábor Pákozdi

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