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"Rzeczpospolita": Comrade Wieslaw rules in the Ministry of Finance


Today again about the kingdom of Mateusz Szczurek. Increasingly, I feel that the spirit of Władyslaw Gomulka begins to govern not only the content but also the form there – Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland writes in "Rzeczpospolita".


As you know, Gomulka did not like private initiative, he was suspicious about it. This corresponds to the approach of those officials. Jacek Kapica – invaluable in cracking down small business – recently disappeared from sight. He was replaced with the Deputy Minister Agnieszka Królikowska, who boasted with her effectiveness in selecting for controls and punishing fraudulent companies.


Let us leave aside such details as the one that the control itself is of oppressive nature for the company and often disorganizes its operations.

Such arguments in polemics with decision-makers from tax offices are useless, because it is known that you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Therefore, Minister Królikowska does not waste her valuable time for a reflection that those repressive actions cause harm to the public.


Therefore, probably nobody sees any problem in the tax administration’s short-sighted strategy, which is focused on results and short-term revenues to the state budget.


The minister boasts of a number of penalties imposed on companies. Let’s remind Mrs. Królikowska that thanks to the principle of free assessment of the evidence by the controllers. So such an assessment in which the controlled almost always proves to be guilty. Selecting suspicious companies seems to be issuing judgments in absentia, to which the controllers later add justification.


We calculated that every month of  impunity of a fraudster costs the state 1 ,200,000 PLN – stated the Minister. An even greater loss to the budget is forcing honest businesses to a long and exhausting fight for their rights before a court, which often repeals the decisions of tax control offices and makes taxpayers pay high interest rates and compensation. But Mrs. Królikowska does not care about it. Instead she stigmatizes whole industries as suspicious, such as electronic industry, in particular trading phone devices.


The Minister somehow loses confidence when asked about the organizers of actual economic crime – we are trying to reach them, I think they’re still  working somewhere here. These efforts and thinking do not give any effects at the moment, so the ministry deals with randomly chosen cases.  


Mateusz Szczurek added to this lesson for tax offices in an interview for "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna". Comrade Wieslaw would be impressed with it. On the Internet you can find a generator of speeches in the communist era style. It is a chart, which includes parts for mumbling wewspeak. By combining them in different constellations, you can speak for 40 hours without a break. It seems that Minister Szczurek is using something similar. To give you an example: Employees have proved recently that they are able to cope with the most demanding tasks. In the current year there has been a consolidation of auxiliary processes. The result is greater efficiency, transparency..., and so on.


It is not easy to convince these people to anything and in particular to the fact that they harm Polish economy.


They are deaf to arguments. In the end, comrade Wieslaw also never lost faith in what he was doing.