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Polish PM announces tweaks to tax rules

21.01.2022 23:30
Poland’s prime minister on Friday said the government would make alterations to a package of new tax rules to increase the taxpayers’ gains from the initiative.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets reporters to announce changes to the governments Polish New Deal socio-economic programme, in Warsaw on Friday.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets reporters to announce changes to the government's Polish New Deal socio-economic programme, in Warsaw on Friday.PAP/Albert Zawada

Announcing the changes at a news conference, Mateusz Morawiecki declared that “if, at the end of the year, anyone earning up to PLN 12,800 (EUR 2,820) a month were to stand to lose from the government's Polish New Deal package, they will be allowed to calculate their tax according to last year’s income.” 

He added: “I don’t think there is a better way to guarantee that all Polish people who earn up to PLN 12,800 (EUR 2,820) a month will either profit from the Polish New Deal or not lose a penny from it."

Morawiecki thanked everyone who suggested improvements in the Polish New Deal initiative, including President Andrzej Duda, charities and journalists, the state PAP news agency reported. 

He said the government was "aware of the programme’s shortcomings,” adding: “I have ordered the Finance Ministry to make several corrections that will benefit the taxpayer.”

Morawiecki told reporters that some modifications had already been introduced, such as the realignment of salaries for law enforcement officials and teachers. 

He stressed that the key aim of the new rules was to "increase the tax-free allowance" to PLN 30,000 (EUR 6,608), the PAP news agency reported.

Extension of tax credit

“We are extending the middle-class tax credit to cover all old-age and disability pensioners as well as those on fee-for-task contracts and academic teachers,” Morawiecki also said. 

He added that all those who earn up to PLN 12,800 (EUR 2,820) a month would either gain from the Polish New Deal or be unaffected by the new rules. 

In other modifications, the single-parent tax credit will be paid out in its entirety--PLN 1,500 (EUR 332)--regardless of the amount of tax paid by the claimant, officials announced.

According to the Prime Minister's Office, some 320,000 taxpayers stand to gain from this change, PAP reported. 

Moreover, the government will guarantee that "public-benefit organisations do not lose financially as a result of the Polish New Deal," while additional funding will be allocated to those who employ people with disabilities.

This last provision is set to protect over 900 employers with a total of 100,000 disabled staff on their payroll, officials said. 

Morawiecki said that each of the new changes meant that “even more people will gain from the Polish New Deal,” public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

He hailed the package as a set of "unprecedented tax cuts, the biggest in the history of the Republic of Poland."

(pm/gs)

Source: IAR, PAP