Changes in the Tax Ordinance are necessary now. We were satisfied to hear the announcement of a comprehensive reform, but we have no to wait for it. The government’s reaction to the presidential draft is clipping the wings of Polish entrepreneurship and Polish taxpayers. The tax regulations currently in force – their construction and the way they are enforced by the tax authorities – are a mockery of the standards of a state governed by the law.
We would like to remind that Polish entrepreneurs create 70 percent of GDP. Supporting this group is in the interest of the state and the government. Meanwhile, tax authorities – in violation of all logic, including economic logic – destroy small companies, causing thousands of people to be laid off. This is done, it should be emphasized, by officials whose salaries are financed with the taxes paid by entrepreneurs.
There should be no place for such people and such treatment of taxpayers.
This is why we were so glad when President Komorowski announced a novelization of the Tax Ordinance which would give taxpayers equal chances in a confrontation with the tax authorities. The principle of resolving interpretative ambiguities in favour of taxpayers would serve as a guideline for a comprehensive reform. Sadly, the Ministry of Finance did all it could to sabotage this project.
A situation where the President of Poland is forced – as a stand-in of sorts for government officials – to shape and repair the tax system is unprecedented. The fact that he needs to appeal to public opinion in the face of flagrant obstruction on the part of the government is undoubtedly a scandal