Modern economic patriotism involves not only facilitating and making the right consumer (buy Polish products!) and paying taxes. It is also, or maybe even first and foremost, an appropriate state policy favorable for companies with domestic capital and supporting all companies regardless of the nationality of capital, as long as they create jobs and pay taxes in our country – Vicepresident of Employers of Poland Maciej Stańczuk writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Has the state policy in this regard been effective and the actions of entrepreneurs optimal? Surely not. But one is a consequence of the other, as the actions of companies and consumers are also affected by the institutional framework created by said policy – he assesses.
Stańczuk points out that Poland is almost dead last among EU countries when it comes to the effectiveness of VAT collection. Every fourth złoty of due VAT does not get to the tax authorities. According to PwC experts, in 2014 53 bln PLN in VAT was uncollected. The European Commission estimates the corresponding value for CIT at 46 bln PLN. Despite impressive economic growth in comparison with other EU states, the trend in tax collection rates in Poland in the last five years has been clearly negative.
– Economic patriotism requires appropriate diagnosis and macroeconomic policy as well. A policy aimed chiefly at ensuring sustainable long-term growth at a level substantially higher than the EU average has to take the realities of the economy into account – emphasizes the Vicepresident of Employers of Poland. In his opinion, financing spending on social issues with public debt, thus increasing the deficit, may be a threat to the government’s ambitious plans, particularly with regards to stimulating investment demand.