Removing requirements for access to professions resulted in more people with no qualifications entering the market. Lower prices and new jobs are hard to come by.
On August 10th a year will have passed since the coming into force of the second deregulation package, pertaining a.o. to the professions of tax adviser and accountant. The length of advisers’ internships were cut form 2 years to 6 months. Accountants no longer need a certificate from the Ministry of Finance. A research conducted by the Księgowi Przyszłości portal shows that ca. 10 percent of accounting office have no certificate, but the prices have not dropped as a result. However, 34 percent of respondents have met with accountants’ incompetence.
– Everyone can keep books now, even with no qualifications at all. Meanwhile, appropriate bookkeeping is crucial for appropriate settlements – says prof. Jadwiga Glumińska-Pawlic, Chairwoman of the National Council of Tax Advisers.
Mariusz Korzeb, tax adviser and expert of Employers of Poland emphasizes that while changes have proven positive for tax advisers, the deregulation of the accounting profession can only have negative consequences.
– However, the effects will be evidently only in a few years, when tax authorities control the tax declarations prepared by new entities – he says.