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Guide to Starting a Business in Hungary

Staff Reporter | 4:03 PM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.

Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Hungary. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.
This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Hire lawyer who represents the company, creates company deeds, and prepares other legal documents.1 dayHUF 100,000-260,000 ; varies according to the complexity
2Pay at least 50% of subscription amount (at least HUF 250,000) into the bank account designated at the time of subscription.1 dayno charge
3Apply for registration at the Registration Court (simplified electronic registration)2 daysHUF 50,000 for registration and HUF 5000 for publication
4Register for social security1 dayno charge