According to origo.hu, first audit of the National Tax Office (NAV) on Uber drivers has ended, and all of them were irregular – Ministry of National Economy (NGM) said.
In the context of the first audit of Uber, which was requested by the head of the Ministry, NAY inspectors made test purchases, they used the services of Uber drivers. Only irregularities were recorded in the reports. Despite they were doing business, none of them had a tax number and none of the drivers gave a bill ever. In the cars, there were no taximeters, invoices or receipts. The tax inspectors also found that the drives neither had a taxi permit nor an aptitude test.
NAV can impose even a HUF 200 thousand fine on the failed drivers. These procedures are currently ongoing. However, NAV doesn’t stop here: every Uber driver can expect additional monitoring, the Ministry said. The Ministry of Economy aims that the company operating Uber-network adhere to the rules. To this end, the Ministry will take actions with all possible means.
The Economy Ministry said to MTI on 30 April that an investigation was opened against Uber, instructed by Minister Mihaly Varga. The company carries out its activities without substantive tax paying and fulfilling the professional conditions required to taxiing. NGM emphasized that the Ministry wants to ensure the preservation of competition and the protection of those taxi drivers who keep the rules, origo.hu said.
Uber International Holding BV, which is registered in the Netherlands, practically provides an Internet-based dispatching service for the Hungarian drivers and passengers for commission, and since it doesn’t have an establishment in Hungary; it doesn’t pay taxes here, Uber Hungary Kft, as a subsidiary, is operating without any meaningful tax paying. The Hungarian drivers involved in the Uber system – given the fact they perform activities by way of business – have to pay tax after the income – NGM said.