– I have just received a letter form Minister of Finance Mateusz Szczurek. It has astonished and surprised me, so I will use this opportunity to quote it extensively – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
"Dear Mr President!
(…) I have cautiously observed the undertaking of Employers of Poland and the “Do not let the tax authorities bully you” campaign. I would like to know why our actions would count as bullying. We are only doing what the politicians oblige us to do when the pass legislation. As civil servants we have to respect that.
Tax authorities have one aim – to secure budgetary income. We do suggest specific regulations pertaining to income and spending – and our suggestions are rarely refused – but the budget itself is passed by members of the parliament. Who do you blame?
(…) You accuse us of looking for money in small and medium enterprises. Where would you look for money, if not there? After all these companies produce over 70 percent of budgetary income and are at arm’s length. Where should we go? To supermarkets or global companies? They will destroy us using their power and influence. (…)
Our goals are noble. We truly believe that thorough controls in medium-sized companies will contribute to the well-being of Polish economy. That all the legal intricacies and complicated regulations, abuses of power and interpreting the law against the taxpayers will develop a interest in tax law among citizens. Mass controls, suspended VAT returns and endlessly dragged out procedures are intended to stimulate the creativity if the middle class, which we all value and count on so much.
(…) We are convinced that destroying an effectively functioning stonemasonry company and leaving its owners homeless will stimulate residential development. We believe that ordering a diner to pay over a million PLN in fines for adding pepper to meals will be beneficial for its clients. Maybe they will develop their cooking skills, perhaps even participate in a cooking show on TV. We believe that destroying a company with handicapped employees – by an official who does not know the regulations, but is obedient – will lead to a quick rehabilitation or even miraculous recovery of said employees. We are confident that although jailing a retired senior running a company may not be entirely in agreement with the law, it serve as an extraordinary motivation for the people to whom the 50+ program is addressed!”