Barbara Koncz is a director of the indirect tax department of PwC Hungary. She is a member and coordinator of the firm's tax controversy and dispute resolution group in Hungary.
Barbara joined PwC Budapest's tax and legal department in 2008 where she started to work in the indirect tax group focusing on VAT. Before joining PwC, she gained three years of public administration experience in the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency where she was handling VIP cash subsidies.
During her years with PwC, she has worked continuously for both domestic Hungarian and international companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and technology, information, communication and entertainment (TICE) industries. She often advises her clients in VAT disputes and represent them in tax audits. Besides VAT, she has a wide range of experience in connection with research and development and the related tax credits and subsidies. She has a good relationship with public and private players of the domestic R&D sector.
Since 2011, she is the leader of the R&D working group of the Hungarian Association of International Companies. The working group played an active role in the preparation of tender schemes and also contributed to the elaboration of the national R&D strategy.
Barbara graduated from Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law as doctor iuris. She has a college degree in economics, and she is a certified tax adviser.
Réti, Antall & Partners Law Firm PwC Legal
Zoltán Várszegi is the managing partner of Réti, Antall & Partners Law Firm PwC Legal in Budapest, Hungary. He is an experienced lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in various legal fields including tax and customs litigation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, energy law, public utilities, civil law litigation, and so on. He advises a broad range of clients in different industries including the electricity supply, financial services, public transport organisation, energy production and supply, and manufacturing sectors.
Zoltán has acted as the legal representative of both domestic and international companies as defendant before the court in tax litigation cases. Most of these cases require highly versatile legal approaches to countervail proceedings initiated by the tax authority.
Zoltán leads the tax litigation practice group of PwC Legal Hungary, which is a unique player in the legal services market in Hungary as it is the only Hungarian qualified law firm that has a long-standing cooperation with a Big 4 firm.
His clients include some of the largest multinational companies from all industry sectors such as financial services, energy, automotive, industrial manufacturing and telecommunications. His experience is not limited to the most common taxes such as VAT or corporate income tax but also include personal income tax, local business tax, other indirect taxes (energy tax, innovation and education contribution) and tax administration. Zoltán also participates in general tax advisory services in cooperation with PwC (involving the tax-driven structuring of groups of companies).
Zoltán has also gained significant experience in tax cases involving the application of EU law and the practice of the European Court of Justice. PwC Legal is one of the few firms in Hungary that have been successful in convincing the court to apply EU law over the provisions of national tax law.
Zoltán graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law as doctor iuris. He speaks both Hungarian and English.
Dr Ákos Becher
Nagy és Trócsányi