Minister of Finance Paweł Szałamacha announced that he will take decisive measures to combat tax fraud. Employers of Poland support all initiatives aimed at restricting the grey market.
The VAT deficit is estimated at tens of billions of złoty and is a serious threat to the well-being of the state. Thus far, the administration’s inept efforts to address the problem have not been successful. For the most part, organizers and beneficiaries of VAT fraud have not been made accountable. The lack of a real threat of being penalized, encourages frauds to commit further crimes and continue to harm the budget.
It should also be emphasized that VAT fraud harms Polish companies as well. In recent years, the ineptitude of tax authorities and law enforcement has had an impact mostly on law-abiding entrepreneurs who have unknowingly been involved in illegal practices. The administration’s actions are restricted to questioning the legality of VT returns or arbitrarily obliging to pay outstanding tax resulting from the so-called “void invoices”. Numerous pieces of evidence testifying to entrepreneurs’ innocence have often served for nothing.
Therefore, it is imperative that efficient instruments to combat organized tax fraud are introduced as quickly as possible, and that perpetrators are brought to court. Employers of Poland hope that the state finally introduces measures restricting the scale of fraud. One should not forget about Polish entrepreneurs who have often been the victims of the tax authorities’ arbitrary decisions related to combatting the grey market. Justice, the citizens’ trust for the state and the good of entrepreneurs dictate that the Ministry of Finance should provide appropriate support in this regard.
Mariusz Korzeb, Tax Committee of Employers of Poland