At an OECD meeting in Paris on Wednesday, the Hungarian government submitted a proposal aimed at finding a compromise solution to the introduction of a global minimum corporate tax which Hungary has reservations over, according to the Hungarian foreign affairs and trade minister.
The proposals would align the measure with Hungarian interests and enable Hungary to retain its competitive edge, the foreign ministry’s statement cited Péter Szijjártó as telling a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Hungary proposed a ten year transition period for implementing the tax for “large corporations active in the real economy”, Szijjártó said. Exemptions should be given under certain circumstances, and the value of the companies’ assets taken into consideration when levying the tax, Szijjártó said.
Hungary currently has a 9 percent corporate tax, the lowest in the European Union, Szijjártó noted.
Its government will only accept proposals that would not jeopardise the low-tax advantage when it came to maximising investments and job creation, he said. The country’s low corporate tax was instrumental in “turning Hungary into one of the fastest-developing countries in Europe,” he said.