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State Secy: Income Tax Donations to Charities, Churches up 5% in 2020

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.29.

Some 2.2 million taxpayers in Hungary opted to donate one percent of their income tax to charities or churches last year, up 5 percent from 2019, a government official said on Sunday.

Under Hungary’s tax laws, taxpayers are offered an opportunity to donate one percent of their income tax to NGOs and another percent to churches.

Taxpayers in 2020 donated a combined 18.6 billion forints (EUR 51.2m) to some kind of organisation out of a total possible 40.7 billion, finance ministry state secretary András Tállai told MTI.

Among charities, ones that help children and rescue animals drew the most contributions, he said.

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Those who donated to churches last year will automatically have 1 percent of their taxes sent to the same church again this year unless they rescind their donation or enter in a new beneficiary, Tállai said.

featured image: food distribution in 2018 (illustration); via Zoltán Balogh/MTI