The Sejm adopted the principle of resolving doubts in favour of the taxpayer and the outgoing President Bronisław Komorowski signed it on the last day in office. This means that the provisions – fought for not only by the Employers of Poland but a whole coalition formed in this case – will come into force at the beginning of 2016.
– We have managed to bring justice for taxpayers and this despite unprecedented resistance of the Ministry of Finance officials – says Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland. – I hope this principle will stop tax offices from bullying tax payers once and for all – he added.
Employers of Poland took an active part in the work on the amended regulations. Experts of the organization – Robert Oliwa and Mariusz Korzeb "piloted" the project at all its stages.
– Resolving doubts in favour of the taxpayer is one of the most important changes in the tax law after 1989 – notes Mariusz Korzeb. In his opinion, it should be considered as the beginning of a thorough reconstruction of the tax system.
Bronisław Komorowski announced his intention to submit a draft amendment to the Tax Code and introduce the principle in dubio pro tributario during the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Employers of Poland in November last year. Soon after that – at the beginning of December the project was submitted to the Sejm. For several months it was not on the agenda. Therefore Employers of Poland decided to start the campaign Do not let the tax authorities bully you and the grand coalition joined by all the major employers' organizations – Lewiatan, PP, ZRP, and organizations of entrepreneurs bullied by tax offices – Niepokonani2012.
– Our tenacity and determination has paid off – said Andrzej Malinowski. During the action several thousand signatures on a petition to the then Speaker of the Sejm Radosław Sikorski were collected. – The law-makers woke up when a referendum on the matter was announced, the outcome of which is evident – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.
Work on the project in dubio pro tributario was not easy, because of a long battle for the final wording of the provision. The Senate proposed changes, which the Sejm in turn rejected.
The end result of this nine-month battle is a wording in the form proposed by Bronisław Komorowski.