Poland’s finance ministry has set up a live chat service to explain its recent tax overhaul after officials asked for clarification on how to implement the new rules, which they say were introduced without preparation. adequate.
The changes were made earlier this year as part of the government’s flagship program “Polish Deal”, with the promise that most Poles would benefit or not be affected by the new, more progressive tax system.
However, start-up issues led some public sector workers to see their wages cut in January, leading the government to apologize last week and promise to fix the issues.
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Meanwhile, the Związkowa Alternatywa union of the National Tax Administration (KAS) sent a letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance to signal their “outrage” and “deep concern” at the implementation of the changes.
They accuse those in charge of preparing the new measures “in a hurry”, with a “very short” delay before their announcement and their entry into force. They also said the reform lacked “adequate state preparation for its implementation.”
The unions say KAS employees were not informed in advance of the interpretation of the new tax rules and that clarity on “many key issues” is still lacking.
“The government is sending mixed signals,” they wrote. “We are not able to confidently inform citizens about the new solutions because the highest government officials are not convinced how to interpret them and what their final form will be.”
The letter suggests that the Ministry of Finance operates an inquiry point to receive inquiries about changes until 7 p.m. daily, as the working hours of tax offices will be extended until that time from today.
Talk to Polska timeFinance Minister Tadeusz Kościński said that from January 8 he started offering live chat services seven days a week for those with questions. The ministry has “beefed up its Polish Deal hotline” and “systematically” publishes information on its websites, he said.
Government spokesman Piotr Müller added on Saturday that “every major reform faces challenges”, which must be tackled “continuously”, and that the tax overhaul “is the most important [such] reform in 20 years ”.
Poll: In your opinion, have the tax changes adopted under the so-called Polish deal (the government’s flagship economic program) been…
– beneficial for you: 21%
– unfavorable for you: 39%
– undetermined: 31%
– I don’t know them: 10%
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Maria Wilczek is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Notes from Poland. She is a regular writer for The temperature, The Economist and Al Jazeera English, and also featured in Foreign police, Political Europe, The spectator and Gazeta Wyborcza.