Despite harsh criticism directed by all parties involved in marine economy, there is no breakthrough regarding hydrotechnical works. State institutions are trying to shift responsibility to one another, but as always it is only entrepreneurs who bear the consequences. This is yet another case where fiscalism trumps common sense and justice.
Let us remind that tens of companies have fallen victim to completely uncoordinated actions of state administration. The companies in question carried out investments related to seashore protection at the order of Marine Offices. On the basis of a bill on marine environment protection, the VAT rate was 0 percent – hence, all offers involving a different rate were treated as invalid and rejected.
Currently, the tax administration demands that the entrepreneurs in question pay 23 percent VAT, because apparently, the seashore is not a part of a marine environment. The tax authorities and the Ministry of Finance do not care that all parties involved in marine economy: the Ministry of Marine Economy, Ministry of Environment, marine administration institutions, research institutes, independent experts and academics unanimously state that the relation between seashore protection and marine environment protection is indubitable.
Therefore, we appeal – yet again – to PM Beata Szydło and Minister of Finance Paweł Szałamacha to take interest in the plight of the victims of these inconsistencies in the application of the law, revise the actions of the actions of the tax administration and voivodeship administration courts, who rule to the detriment of entrepreneurs without diligently researching their cases. It is hard to be confident in an undertaking such as the support for and development of the shipyard industry, if one state organ promises such help while another destroys the very industry in question.
The Tax Committee of Employers of Poland