Small companies have to send over 200 forms every year to various institutions, large ones – 350 on average. Most of their obligations are towards NBP and the tax authorities. The number of such documents has to be urgently reduced – writes “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”.
Entrepreneurs have to file forms and reports to as many as 12 institutions. Of several hundred official documents, which a large company has to complete and file, 78 have to do with tax authorities. They send 1,4 report daily to an institution of some kind. Micro-entrepreneurs file a form every second day. Such are the showings of a Grant Thornton report entitled “Authorities cover entrepreneurs with heaps of forms”.
– Not only the number of documents is a problem - different deadlines are also an issue – points out Mariusz Korzeb, expert of Employers of Poland.
Mirosław Śliwiński of prof. W Modzelewski’s law firm admits that there are too many tax forms, particularly as many of them are not directly concerned with tax returns.
–They are associated rather with reporting as a tool for looking for flaws in taxpayers’ documents – states the expert.
The figures do not reveal the full extent of the burdens imposed on entrepreneurs. – Apart from reporting obligations, there are also occasional inquiries from offices, usually connected to controls – either at the company in question or at a contractor – adds Andrzej Nikończyk, partner at KNDP.
Mariusz Korzeb assesses that without simplifying regulations on settling obligations towards the state, restricting bureaucracy will be hard. Better cooperation between institutions is also required, so that they may exchange information on taxpayers’ between themselves, rather than ask the companies in question in every instance, as is the case today.