Hungary’s Fidesz Pledges To Prevent Transfer Of Internet Tax To Subscribers

  • 30 Oct 2014 11:40 AM
Hungary’s Fidesz Pledges To Prevent Transfer Of Internet Tax To Subscribers
A strict law will guarantee that service providers should not “pass on” the proposed internet tax to subscribers, the ruling Fidesz said. The new tax will not impose even a penny worth of new burden on subscribers, Fidesz’ press office said, adding that the party would propose amending even further laws to this effect, if need be.

The government should use the revenue from the new tax for Hungary’s contribution to mostly EU-funded programmes aimed at enhancing access to broadband internet, it said.

The party’s parliamentary group submitted to parliament an amendment proposal on the planned tax on Monday.

The motion calls for capping the tax to be levied on internet traffic at 700 forints, or 2.3 euros, per month after private subscribers and at 5,000 forints per month after companies.

Under the amendment submitted to the bill on next year’s taxes the internet tax would not be payable by subscribers but by telecom service providers.

The planned tax triggered widescale criticism and calls to the government to withdraw the bill. The Hungarian Facebook page “100,000 against the internet tax” organised demonstrations on Sunday and Tuesday.


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