Employers of Poland support the combat against all forms of abuses and criminal acts. Therefore, we are glad to hear the declarations made by PM Szydło, who stated that the objective of the government plan against tax abuses is first and foremost to protect law-abiding taxpayers. Those who work is hard want to be sure that the state will always support those who duly meet their obligations towards the country.
Tax abusers provide illegal competition for entities that follow the letter the letter of the law, leading to increased costs of economic activity for the latter. Law-abiding companies incur losses, do not grow and may even be threatened with bankruptcy.
At the same time, it should be emphasized that the seizure of assets proposed in the draft should result from a final ruling of a relevant court. Furthermore, the so-called preventive freeze to be used by the prosecution, should be restricted to a well-defined class of cases, so that innocent entities do not suffer the consequences in case the prosecution makes a mistake.
With regards to the seizure of a company owned by someone other than the perpetrator, one should remember that sometimes even the owner is not aware that his company is being used for illegal ends. The state should protect companies against negative consequences of the actions of people who have willfully involved the company in illegal actions with a view to financial gain.
Such a proposition is unacceptable as an innocent person (the owner) would suffer the consequences of the actions of third persons (eg. a director or accountant), which should never happen in state governed by the law.
Łukasz Czucharski, tax expert of Employers of Poland