LESIJ NO. XXVI, VOL. 1/2019
THE EUROPEAN JUDICIAL PRACTICE REGARDING THE VAT DEDUCTION
RIGHT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE HUNGARIAN PRACTICE
The purpose of the below study is to compare the European judicial pra ctice with the Hungarian
practice in terms of VAT deduction right. In the meantime, the study gave us the oppor tunity to get to
know the complex requirements of VAT deduction right. In addition, we were also able to assess
whether the Hungaria n VAT Act is in line with the community legislation.
Keywords: Value added tax, deduction right, Eur opean judicial practice, ta x fraud, Hunga rian
The valuОă aННОНătaбă (‘VAT’)ăТsă oПtОnă
МallОНă asă tСОă‘quОО năo ПătaбОs ’ăаСТМСă namОă
has several reasons. One of the most
important reasons is that VAT provides the
largest amount (appr. 1/3) of tax to the
Hungarian budget comparing to other taxes.1
From an economical point o f view, a tax
may be considered as good if it meets the
following three requirements: (1) it is fair
and square, (2) the direct cost of tax
administration is relatively low and (3) it
hardly i mpacts on the b ehaviour of private
individuals and busine sses. However, the
Professor, Phd, habil., Faculty of Law, University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary, (e-mail: jogdrnz@uni-
miskolc.hu), Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law, Budapest (e-mail: email@example.com).
Indirect tax consultant, Deloitte Co.Ltd., Budapest, Hungary.
1 https://www.portfolio.hu/gazdasag/adozas/kell-e-nekunk-ez-az-afa.192931.html Lentner Csaba:.Az
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to the crisis – pioneer or hazardous method of sectoral taxation? In: Marcin Burzec–Pawel Smolen (eds.): Tax
authorities in the Visegrad Group countires. Common experience after accession to the European Union.
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p. 447-461. Zoltán Nagy-Beáta Gergely-Balázs Katona: Problems Relating to Tax Avoidance and Possible Solutions
completion of these requirements in case of
VAT is argued nowadays. Indirect taxes are
generally fair and square thus taxable
persons have the right to decide how much
they spend of their income and consequently
how much tax they pay. The direct cost of
tax administration is also considered as low
in case of VAT.2
After joining the European Union
(‘EU’)ă taбatТonă bОМamОă onОă oПă tСОă mostă
important and interesting fields. W ithin
taxation, VAT has an esp ecially important
role thus the citizens of the EU meet this type
of tax every da y and the rate of the
Hungarian VAT is very hi gh which means