On Monday September 28th, a meeting of the Council of Employers of Poland was held. This time, it was a special occasion, as the usual participants were joined by a special guest – Janusz Lewandowski, Chairman of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister.
– Taxes in Poland are complicated, but not high. The crux of the matter is, and I am fully in agreement with Employers of Poland, the treatment of entrepreneurs by tax authorities – says Janusz Lewandowski. He emphasized, that after a wave of discontent, also coming from Brukselska street, the government decided to speed up the works on the new Tax Ordinance. – The philosophy behind the functioning of the tax authorities has to change. These days, people are taught to work in a business-friendly way – he added. In his opinion, business will benefit more from an improved approach of the administration, than from lower taxes. – Thus far, administration was accustomed to preying on businessmen.
According to Maciej Stańczuk, Vicepresident of Employers of Poland, the government should pay more attention to the issue of dwindling tax income. – Both the International Monetary Fund and PwC clearly indicate that this is a serious problem – he stressed. – The VAT is inherently impossible to collect to some degree, but a collection failure rate of 25 percent is extraordinary on a European scale. Janusz Lewandowski fully agrees with this diagnosis. According to him, reverse VAT and a central invoice register are steps in the right direction. – However, the talk of a hundred-percent collection rate is wishful thinking. Every step towards more effective collection is appreciated, as long as it does not lead to more invasive controls.
Asked about the crisis in the mining industry and the implementation of the agreement with miners with regards to establishing a new Kompania Węglowa, he responded that Poland will not be able to defend the program of subsidies for the mining industry. He also has many objections to the tactics adopted by the Ministry of Treasury, based on involving energy companies in saving mines. – Mostly because they are stock companies – he explained. – Coal mining industry is not an easy sector to restructure. It has not been easy in any country.
Janusz Lewandowski strongly emphasized the role of Employers of Poland and the President Andrzej Malinowski in the introduction of the in dubio pro tributario in the Tax Ordinance. – This is your success – he said.
During the meeting, Rafał Baniak received his nomination as Executive Vicepresident of Employers of Poland. The Council also nominated six representatives to the newly-established Social Dialog Council.