The Ministry of Finance works on a new sales tax, to be paid by shops. It will likely have two tax rates increasing with sales. A minimum tax threshold for shops with the lowest sales, The draft should be ready this month.
– The objectives of the new sales tax: providing support for smaller shops and helping them compete with chains, appear appropriate. However, the authors of the draft should carefully examine the VAT directive as well as the rulings of the EU Tribunal of Justice. The latter has addressed numerous attempts to introduce sales tax. The rulings show – as was the case with the Hungarian supermarket chain tax – that the taxes cannot discriminate against any group of taxpayers. One should also keep in mind, that the new tax is distinct from VAT. If these principles are precisely translated into the act, there is a chance that it will not be ruled non-compliant with EU law – assesses Mariusz Korzeb, tax adviser, expert of Employers of Poland.