When you have spent years watching political decisions and actions of the administration up close, you learn one thing: perfection can only be attained in the afterworld, here the best you can hope for is that things will be OK. “OK” is exactly how I would assess the plans of the Ministry of Finance, if the declarations of Viceminister Konrad Raczkowski are to be believed – writes Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland, in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– In recent years, I devoted a lot of time to the actions of tax controllers and outrageous interpretations of tax regulations – interpretations which effectively meant always ruling against the taxpayers. “VAT carousels” are another worrying phenomenon which was combatted in adherence with the medieval principle of “kill everyone, God will take care of his own”, often resulting in slaughter of the innocents – Malinowski reminds.
However, he finds it hard not to notice that something is changing for the better – at the very least when it comes to political declarations.
The first positive signal was the change, after numerous appeals by Employers of Poland, in the harmful stance of the Ministry of Finance towards entrepreneurs who incurred losses as a result of buying unilateral currency options. – This important, as the problem not only affected many companies, but was also a question of a basic sense of justice – assesses the President of Employers of Poland.
– Another was the general interpretation on the principle of resolving ambiguities in favour of the taxpayers, issued by Paweł Szałamacha. Finally we have the abovementioned declarations of minister Konrad Raczkowski, largely parallel to the postulates of Employers of Poland. It is good that the Ministry wants to stop acting as if everyone were a suspect and acknowledge, at least declaratively, the legality of tax optimization. It is good that it wants a unified control system and abandons the principles of finding irregularities based on statistics and abstract calculations rather than real suspicions – he adds.
At the same time, Malinowski emphasizes that his optimism is moderate, as translating theory into practice may prove difficult. He is concerned that administration officials, used to pursuing arbitrarily imposed targets regardless of whether the control is justified and just, may have trouble adapting to new rules.