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RTIR in Hungary, invoice real-time information reporting

As of July 1, 2018, a RTIR system for the VAT information on invoices will enter into force in Hungary. The VAT information of invoices issued should be declared electronically to the HU TA (National TAX and CUSTOMS Administration).

The government has provided users with a web page called Online Invoice System to check all the information and to be able to get ready for this new system (RTIR). 

Businesses affected

The system is mandatory for all invoices that include VAT in excess of 100,000 HUF (around 320 Euros. This requirement will affect all businesses registered in Hungary for VAT purposes.

Information and deadlines

Connection with the Hungarian tax authority (HU TA) will take place via the web service. Each user will have to register at the HU TA system and create a technical user in order to be able to send data to the online platform. The HU TA will return a status of each report for invoices sent.

The VAT data report will take place immediately and electronically, without human intervention.


The format required for sending the invoice data is XML.

However, businesses should have their systems ready to send SAF (standard audit files) when required by the tax authority. This information will include:

  • General accounting, customers, suppliers and VAT.
  • Accounts Receivable.
  • Accounts payable.

Reporting on the status

The NAV will perform a validation of each document and, if it meets the established requirements, will return a message to the sender with the status of each invoice sent.

This message will be electronic and in XML format, it is possible to integrate these replies into the ERP application of the issuer for greater ease and speed in processing the information.

The NAV will report three notifications: a technical error which prevents the NAV from accepting the invoice; warning of a semantic error, but one that does not prevent the invoice from being accepted; and confirmation of acceptance of the invoice.


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