Lots of slogans, few details – which are always needed when assessing even the most well-intentioned ideas. Many important issues were not even touched upon. Such is the gist of our views on the suggestions presented at the conventions of the two largest Polish parties. The general conclusion is that a competition is underway – a competition for who gets to send more people into unemployment by promising a higher minimum wage.
The Sunday PO program convention saw declarations on reforming the tax system and creating a “new tax philosophy” for Poland. PM Kopacz announced changes in employment on civil contacts. They would be replaced by unified contracts which would serve as a basis for labour relations.
According to PO’s program, the income of those employed on such contracts would be subject to a PIT rate of 10 percent. They would also be exempt from the obligation to pay contributions to ZUS – the contributions would covered by the budget. Regrettably, no specific solutions which could tangibly improve the situation of entrepreneurs and facilitate economic growth were presented.
At the PiS convention, on the other hand, candidate for PM Beata Szydło presented suggestions of changes in legislation aimed at stimulating the development of entrepreneurship. She promised to continuously support entrepreneurs, make a quicker registration of companies possible and provide a number of tax exemptions for the first two years of economic activity. However, the focal point of her speech was the proposition of lowering CIT for small companies and introducing a double investment exemption for entities implementing technological innovation. The need to eliminate loopholes in the tax system and combat VAT abuses – issues of particular importance for entrepreneurs – were also highlighted. These propositions have to be assessed positively.
What is more, it seems that healthcare is not a priority for either party, though public opinion polls show that it is very important for citizens. Sadly, this may mean that the system will not be reformed for the next four years.
There was no mention of coal, energy, administration, digitalization, modern economy and the greater role of industry either.
Employers of Poland expect declarations in this regard, and when it comes to the promises already made – details.