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Branch office registration

Registering a Hungarian Branch Office

The Hungarian branch of a foreign company has legal capacity, it may be entitled to acquire beneficial rights and may be subject to obligations which have legal binding to the foreign company, specifically it may acquire assets, conclude contracts, file lawsuits and may be litigated against in Hungary.
The corporate name of the Hungarian branch of a foreign company shall indicate the name of the foreign parent company.
A foreign company is entitled to pursue business activities through its branches registered in Hungary. During these business activities, a branch acts in legal relations with the state authorities, third parties and with other branches of the foreign company. The Hungarian branch of the foreign company is a legal entity, which is subject to corporate tax.
The representative of the branch may perform the representation – including the individual or joint power of representation – of the branch under a mandate by virtue of a personal service contract or under employment by virtue of a labor contract.

The following documents are required for the registration of a Hungarian branch of a foreign company:

- the foreign company's instrument of constitution, or the complete text of the instrument of constitution as amended to date, where applicable;
- a document in proof of the foreign company being entered in the commercial register in the country where established (usually a certificate of incorporation);
- the resolution on the foundation of the branch and designating its authorized representative,
and the official Hungarian translation of the above-mentioned documents.

In some cases, original documents detailed above have to be legalized (i.e., diplomatic or consular agents of the country in which the document has to be produced certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which it bears; shortly, an ’Apostille’ has to be applied for related to the original documents). 
Legalization (‘Apostille’) may not be necessary when the country of registration of the foreign company has a bilateral agreement with Hungary on civil law documents’ mutual acceptance before national authorities. We will examine that shortly if you find us with your inquiry.
If that is not the case, ‘Apostille’ may be applied for at designated authorities in each country (see at: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41).

The Hungarian branch of a foreign company falls under the scope of the LXXXI Act of 1996 on the Corporate tax and the tax levied on dividends (Tao. tv.).


Properties

Subsidiary

Branch office

Commercial representation

Tax number

Legal personality

Yes, separated legal entities for tax and liability purposes

Yes, legal capacity, acquire rights for the benefit of the foreign enterprise, assume obligations at the expense of the foreign enterprise

No, it does not have civil legal personality either. you may not enter into a contract on your own behalf

-

Foundation required

YES

Founder’s decisions

Founder’s decisions

-

Hungarian company register

YES

YES

YES

National Tax and Customs Administration REGISTRATION

Pursuit of legal economic activity, in the pre-company stage

YES

NO

NO

-

Representation

Managing director, company manager, senior employee, employee legal relationship (employment relationship) or agency relationship with the Hungarian company

Branch manager, employee relationship, long-term employment relationship, posting
the employees have a legal relationship with the foreign enterprise

Head of a representative office, the employee has a legal relationship with the foreign company, the employer's rights are exercised by the foreign company through the commercial agency

-

Company note

Individually or in combination

Individually or in combination

Individually or in combination

-

Share capital

Min. 3,000,000 HUF

There is no legal minimum, a foreign founder is obliged to provide continuous assets for the smooth operation

No legal minimum

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Activity

Pursuit of an economic activity

No representation activities

Negotiation and preparation of contracts for and on behalf of the founder:
-informing and communicating with customers
-information, advertising and marketing activities
-concluding contracts for and on behalf of the founder in connection with the operation of the commercial agency

-

Responsibility

Obligations will not normally be the responsibility of the parent company, exceptional underlying liability in the event of a combination of conditions specified by law

Unlimited liability is connected to the parent company

Unlimited liability is connected to the parent company

-

Employer rights

Managing director or an employee with express authority

Branch office trough the parent company

Parent company

-

Obligation to keep double - entry books

YES

YES

YES

-

Annual Accounts

Shall be published separately within 150 days of the balance sheet date

Shall be published separately within 150 days of the balance sheet date

YES

-

Audit

In case of double bookkeeping and employment of more than 50 employees, as well as net sales of HUF 300 million

In case of double bookkeeping and employment of more than 50 employees, as well as net sales of HUF 300 million

Not needed

-

Taxable

YES

YES

YES

-

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See also: Private limited-liability company (Kft)