European Commission investigating two Hungarian taxes

July 15, 2015

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The European Commission is investigating whether special taxes levied on grocery store chains allegedly for the purpose of paying for regulatory supervision and on tobacco product retailers are discriminatory.

The Commission is worried that in both cases the progressive tax system being used provides a selective advantage to key competitors with lower revenues, in which case the taxes may be considered a kind of restricted state support. The Commission has instructed the Hungarian government to stop collecting the onerous taxes until it determines whether they are compatible with EU regulations.

Referenced in this article:

Brüsszel erős kutakodásba kezd a kormánynál: két magyar adó is gyanús nekik, propeller.hu; 15 July 2015.