Tax changes resulting from the Polish New Deal came into force on 1 January 2022. The tax revolution will affect almost everyone. One of the groups that will feel the effects of the Polish New Deal are people who perform functions on the basis of an appointment act and receive remuneration on this account. The changes will primarily affect members of management boards and proxies, members of audit committees, among others in companies and associations. What changes are to be expected?
The Polish Order is one of the major changes to the tax system in Poland, which has finally been voted. In the face of the coming revolution, taxpayers are particularly disadvantaged by the short time available to them, as the planned changes will come into effect as early as 1 January 2022.
Due to the end of 2021, we encourage you to consider whether you are entitled to any claims with the limitation period expiring at the end of the year. In cases where the limitation period will expire on December 31, 2021, we recommend that you take actions to stop the limitation period as soon as possible. Especially taking into account the fact that failure to act in relation to these claims will make their pursuit after the above-mentioned period ineffective. After the expiry of the limitation period, the debtor may refrain from satisfying the claim.
The Director of the National Tax Information (KIS), in an individual interpretation issued on 26 June 2021, confirmed the position of a taxpayer regarding the possibility to treat as tax deductible expense the expenses incurred for remuneration of CEO of a company and, at the same time, its shareholder, under a contract for work concluded with him.
Tax authorities are not entitled to make apparent use of the regulation which allows for suspension of the limitation period or for its non-initiation in the case of commencement of penal fiscal proceedings (art. 70 § 6 item 1 of the Tax Ordinance Act). Additionally, a taxpayer must be notified of this fact and the suspicion of a crime or offence must result from his failure to fulfil a tax liability. Unfortunately, in practice, there is a frequent abuse of the law by the tax authorities, consisting in the initiation of penal fiscal proceedings in the case of a tax offence only for the appearance’s sake, to extend the time for completion of tax proceedings.
On the grounds of the amendment of the Corporate Income Tax Act on 30 November 2020, limited partnerships have been subject to CIT. The form of conducting business according to the rules, when the limited partner was usually a natural person with a significantly limited scope of personal liability and the general partner was a limited liability company (sp. z o. o. sp. k.), whose liability was limited to the amount of equity, has been forgotten.
On 26 May 2021, as a result of the lack of compromise on some crucial points of the draft agreement, the Swiss authorities decided not to sign the institutional agreement with the European Union. Thus, the negotiations between the European Union and Switzerland ended in failure and the institutional agreement aimed at secured Switzerland’s barrier-free access to the EU internal market and enabling its expansion was not signed.
INTRASTAT is a statistical system that allows the collection of data on the movement of goods between the countries of the European Union. Intra-Community acquisition of goods, intra-Community supply of goods and mail order within the territory of the country are subject to declaration. However, domestic transactions are not subject to the declaration requirement. Check who is obliged to make a declaration and when.
On 29 October, Polish Vice-Minister of Finance @Jan Sarnowski and Dutch Ambassador Daphne Bergsma signed the Protocol amending the Convention on the avoidance of double taxation with regard to taxes on income.
The changes take into account Poland’s tax policy and the solutions provided for in the OECD BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project in terms of sealing the international tax system and combating tax fraud.