Hungary to implement real-time VAT returns through SAF-T by July 2018
The Hungarian Ministry of Economy is delaying the deadline set by Decree 23/2014 for the rollout of real-time VAT declarations until July 1, 2018. The government is still working on finalizing the details of the process, such as the communication protocol that will be used to send the data.
To kick-start this process, the Hungarian government has created a platform called KOBAKthrough which tests can be run to check if the data exported from the XML are correct.
The standard used for the generation of this XML will be SAF-T. The SAF-T standard is a structured format widely used for the exchange of tax information with tax agencies, such as electronic accounting and e-VAT. Its use is widespread in Europe in countries such as Portugal, Poland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, France, Norwayor Austria.
Taxpayers must send the VAT information of each invoice within 24 hours as of its issuance. The obligation affects all invoices that contain at least 100,000 HUF in VAT. This is approximately 320 euros. It will also affect foreign companies registered in Hungary for VAT purposes. Failure to comply with this law can lead to fines of up to 500,000 HUF (€1,600 per invoice).
This new system will affect the internal procedures in companies when registering and preparing the information to be sent. Carrying out these tasks for each invoice received can mean spending a large amount of human resources and time on these tasks. But there are technological solutions that can guarantee compliance with the immediacy demanded by the regulation.
How to automate the generation and sending of e-VAT?
The solution consists of automating creation of the XML file from the ERP and the subsequent sending to the tax authority through the connection required by the same.
EDICOM, as a specialized technological partner, is able to perform the entire process automatically to avoid major changes in the in-house procedures of companies. The flow would take the following steps:
Data capture: EDICOM’s solution automatically takes the invoice data required by the administration from the client’s ERP.
Generating the structured SAF-T file.
Connection with the Hungarian Tax Authority: Automates forwarding of the previously validated file for registration and authorization by the administration.
Reception and archiving of acknowledgments and integration in the ERP.
The entire process is automatic, performed in a matter of seconds and totally transparent to the user. This means that accounting and admin departments can continue to work from their usual management systems.
In addition, the EDICOM Platform is not only ready for e-VAT returns, but also for e-Invoicing and any other business or tax communications.
Other current e-VAT systems
In Spain, on July 1, 2017, a similar system was launched, called SII. In this case, the companies have 4 days from the issuance or receipt of the invoice to declare the taxes. They do so directly to the Tax Agency’s electronic office, which returns the corresponding acknowledgments.
Lithuania has rolled out a smart tax administration system designated i.MAS. This modernization initiative is based on three areas: the e-waybill (i.VAZ), e-invoicing and VAT returns (i.SAF), and the electronic tax audit (i.SAF-T) file.
In Poland, the Ministry of Finance requires taxpayers to declare their VAT records electronically through the JPK_VAT file. The JPK_VAT file, which includes the company’s purchases and sales VAT records, must be submitted by day 25 of each month.
White Paper on e-VAT returns worldwide
In general, tax agencies around the world are moving towards electronic tax compliance. However, in a global market like today’s, each country continues to issue its own standards. This hampers the adaptation of companies that find technology both a challenge and an opportunity, in equal measures. To this end, EDICOM has published a free white paper explaining how to issue an electronic VAT return in each world region.
Our Global VAT Compliance Expert Analysis (available in English and Spanish) is a resource for companies operating in several countries or intending to do so. Through it, you can find out how the indirect tax VAT works, how it is regulated and what its implications are both for companies and tax authorities.