When it comes to taxes, the Kopacz-Szydło debate was limited to very general statements. However, these declarations could suggest what is in store for entrepreneurs after the elections.
The debate between PM Ewa Kopacz and Beata Szydło – PiS nominee for this post – was only marginally concerned with the problems facing entrepreneurs. Beata Szydło made more declarations on tax law, as – in contrast to Ewa Kopacz – she appears to acknowledge the detrimental impact of bureaucracy on entrepreneurship, as well as the intensifying fiscalism and the oppressive attitudes of the tax authorities towards taxpayers.
Despite the fact that Polish economy is largely based on entrepreneurs, the state has recently successfully interfered with their functioning. Effective support for research and development is also lacking. It should be emphasized that PM Kopacz did not even bother to respond to an appeal sent by Employers of Poland drawing attention to cases of officials’ abuses, excessive fiscalism of the tax authorities and the reprehensible actions towards entrepreneurs from the electronic industry.
Beata Szydło drew attention to the issue of aggressive fiscal policy and announced a.o. the lowering CIT for small companies to 15 percent, which can significantly improve the condition of these entities.
Although the election campaign has its own rules and the fate of pre-election promises is never certain, there is no doubt that maintaining the status quo in tax law would be harmful both for the taxpayers and the treasury. A short-sighted and aggressive fiscal policy is a significant hindrance to the growth of entrepreneurship in Poland. In extreme cases, it leads to bankruptcies and, in turn, a reduced number of jobs and lower budget income. Given the massive potential of Polish companies, considering the common good and the need for sustainable development, putting a stop to the aggressive fiscal policy and introducing changes to the tax law as soon as possible is necessary.
The Tax Committee of Employers of Poland