Hungary: Curiosity – Issuance of Hungarian Tax ID Cards Suspended
Temporary Certificate Official Document for Tax Purposes
The Hungarian National Tax Authority (APEH) recently confirmed that they are no longer able to issue tax ID cards. As of August 3, 2010, qualified applicants receive a temporary certificate in place of the card.
The APEH office explained that the problem lies with the material for the cards themselves. Each ID needs to be unalterable, and requires the use of unique technology and special materials. A shortage of the required materials has thus left the tax authority unable to issue tax ID cards.
Although APEH is currently considering various options, the authority is unable to predict when ID issuance will resume. The temporary certificate given in place of the tax ID qualifies as an official document for tax purposes. It is valid for 60 days, and may be reissued if necessary. The tax number on the certificate is valid for the lifetime of the applicant, and will remain so beyond the expiration date of the certificate. Re-issuance of a certificate will not alter the tax number. Under the law, both state and private entities must accept the certificate as a replacement for the tax card.
The temporary certificate may be used for identification purposes at the workplace as well as for unemployment benefits.
Here are two sample documents for review:
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