On May 20th, Minister of Finance Mateusz Szczurek crushed hopes for a lower fossil fuels tax. He stated that the results of the review of this tax in 2014 did not indicate a need for changes. Communication between ministries has to be ineffective, as the day before Minister Włodzimierz Karpiński assured that recommendations for possible changes in the tax should be prepared by the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry of Finance before the end of next quarter.
The fossil fuel taxi has been in force since 2012 and one would be hard pressed to find a positive opinion on its construction – whether from experts, lawyers, academics or entrepreneurs themselves. It is commonly criticized for its pro-fiscal character. Not only does it harm the national copper tycoon KGHM, it also effectively deters other companies from investing in the mining industry. While the Ministry of Treasury acknowledged the problem and declared readiness to fix it, the Ministry of Finance has shown itself unwilling to introduce any new solutions in this regard.
Sadly, the position of the Ministry of Finance is hardly a surprise, as the taxpayers and the public opinion got accustomed to an excessively cautious and short-termist fiscal policy. There is a shortage of ideas and courage in introducing changes which would improve the dynamics of entrepreneurship which results in a lower growth and discourages potential investors. In order to compensate for lower income from public obligations, the Ministry is forced to impose additional burdens on entities which are close at hand. Such a strategy, or rather a lack thereof, should be assessed negatively, as it effectively hinders the development of industry and entrepreneurship in general.
Łukasz Czucharski, The Tax Committee of Employers of Poland