EU grants derogation for rise in threshold to reduce administrative burden for small taxpayers and authorities
Hungary has been given permission by the EU to raise its VAT registration threshold from the Forint equivalent of €48,000 to €71,500 per annum. This would be one of the EU’s highest thresholds following recent rises from Italy , Czech Republic and Sweden.
Hungary estimates this will lift 35,000 businesses out of the tax net, but will only reduce its revenues by HUF 15 billion or 0.05% total VAT take.
Hungary will now be able to make the rise with immediate effect. Read more in our Hungarian country VAT guide.
The rise comes as Hungarian VAT is around 25% (March 2023), and so the threshold rise effect will be partially diluted by rising prices.
Under the EU VAT Directive (Article 287), member states may only set a threshold of €35,000. But may seek permission from the European Commission and Council to temporarily exceed this on application – which is usually forthcoming.
Permission has been granted until 31 December 2024. From 1 January 2025, new EU VAT registration threshold rules will apply.
The current threshold of HUF 12 million was set in January 2019.
This threshold only applies to resident businesses. Foreign businesses providing taxable supplies in Hungary have no VAT registration threshold.
2023 EU VAT registration & Intrastat reporting threshold
|Country||VAT Registration thresholds||Intrastat thresholds|
|Resident||Non-resident||Arrivals||Dispatches||Arrivals Statistical||Dispatches Statistical|
|EU One-Stop Shop||€10,000||€10,000 EU sellers only||-||-||-||-|
|Bulgaria||BGN 100,000||Nil||BGN 700,000||BGN 1m||€7.3m||€14.7m|
|Czechia||CZK 2m||Nil||CZK 12m||CZK 12m||CZK 12m||CZK 12m|
|Denmark||DKK 50,000||Nil||DKK 22m||DKK 11m||DKK 22m||DKK 11m|
|France||Goods €85,800 Services €34,400||Nil||€460,000||€460,000||€460,000||€460,000|
|Hungary||HUF 12m||Nil||HUF 250m||HUF 140m||HUF 5bn||HUF 14bn|
|Ireland||Goods €75,000 Services €37,500||Nil||€500,000||€635,000||€5m||€34m|
|Italy||€85,000||Nil||See country guide||See country guide||See country guide||See country guide|
|Malta||Goods €35,000 Other €30,000||Nil||€700||€700||€700||€700|
|Poland||PLN 207,000||Nil||PLN 5m||PLN 2.7m||PLN 80m||PLN 128m|
|Romania||RON 445,500||Nil||RON 1m||RON 1m||RON 10m||RON 20m|
|Sweden||SEK 80,000||Nil||SEK 15m||SEK 4.5m||SEK 15m||SEK 4.5m|
|Russia||RUB 8m (on application)||Nil||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Switzerland||CHF 100,000||CHF 100,000 global income||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|UK (Northern Ireland - EU Intrastat only)||£85,000||Nil||£500,000||£250,000||n/a||n/a|