The government finishes work on Constitution for Business
Polish government has put final touches on the much-hyped Constitution for Business – a package of five drafts of legal acts that are to make doing business in Poland easier, especially for micro and small enterprises. The legislators from the Ministry of Finance have been working on the package for an entire year. Now, Constitution for Business got approved by the cabinet of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło. This means the new bills may be presented to and discussed in the parliament. It is likely that the first parliamentary voting on the bills will take place in December. The new law is expected to come into force in January 2018.
Introduction of the new regulations is to mark a new beginning in relations between company owners and tax authorities. The lawmakers want legal provisions to be interpreted in favour of the entrepreneur. The new philosophy behind Constitution for Business was presented by Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: “An entrepreneur is not a thief, taxation is not extortion payment”. What is not forbidden, will be allowed. Exchanging information and getting in contact with fiscal authorities is to become easier and quicker as it will happen over the phone or online instead of traditional registered letters.
New entrepreneurs will be exempted from paying social insurance contributions for the first six months of their operations, and for another 24 months they will be allowed to use lowered rates. This is a big relief for those just launching their businesses. The government also will introduce a new form of business activity: “unregistered activity”. It will apply to those who sell goods and services only occasionally and whose monthly incomes do not exceed half of the minimum salary.
Minister Morawiecki has great confidence in the effects the new law will have on business in Poland. He says that Polish entrepreneurs have been waiting for the new solutions for the last 25 years.