After the first reading of the President’s draft amendment of Tax Ordinance, the Sejm forwarded it to be worked on by the Public Finances Commission. The draft involves many solutions favourable for taxpayers, which have been advocated for a very long time.
On Wednesday, January 14th, at the 84th sitting of the Sejm, the first reading of the presidential draft of the amendment to Tax Ordinance and some other acts which concluded with the draft being sent to the Public Finances Commission. The draft has been received favourably by entrepreneurs, as well as academics and tax law professionals. It is worth stressing that it has also been received well by the opposition. This goes to show that many groups recognize the necessity of change. However, the document which has been so well-received by both sides of the divide may cause many inconveniences for the Ministry of Finance.
It seems that everything has already been said about the draft in question. Widely commented in the media, its stirred emotions and gave taxpayers hope for better and more effective protection of their rights. However, representatives of the Ministry of Finance are calming down the enthusiasm with their statements. Although they do not question the appropriateness of presented solutions, there is a significant risk that the Ministry will attempt to move the draft to the Codification Committee of General Tax Law. Meanwhile, the road to creating a new act which would substitute the Tax Ordinance is still long. It could result in a significant delay in the coming into force of changes favourable for taxpayers or – in a worst case scenario – a complete stop of the works on the draft.
With all this in mind the taxpayers urge the government to act sensibly and pass the amendment as soon as possible. Changes have been necessary for a long time now and delaying them any longer will clearly be harmful for both taxpayers and the state. When faced with an opportunity to improve the situation of the citizens and increase their sense of being treated justly, members of the parliament should act show courage and long-term thinking. One way to exhibit these qualities would surely be to pass the presidential draft in this Sejm term.
Łukasz Czucharski, Tax Committee of Employers of Poland