The Tax Office Imposes Higher Fines Compared to Last Year
In the first half of this year, the KAS authorities imposed almost 20% more fines for taxes compared to the same period last year. The total amount of penalty fines increased by nearly 60% within 12 months. The fined people paid an average of PLN 709, i.e. about PLN 180 more than the year before. From January to June this year, KAS authorities imposed 50,203 penal tickets for tax offenses and misdemeanors. It’s about 19.4% more than in the same period last year.
In the first half of this year, the majority of fines for tax offenses and petty offenses were imposed by the Tax Administration Chamber in Warsaw – 8,769 (in the first half of 2021 – 6,905). Then we have IASs in Lublin – 8,435 (8,189 – 1st place in the first half of last year), Katowice – 3,384 (2,999), Rzeszów – 3,257 (3,111) and Białystok – 3,084 (2 351). On the other hand, the lowest number of such cases was recorded in Opole – 954 (1,133), Kielce – 1,135 (965), and Olsztyn – 1,246 (1,006). Apart from Opole (from 1 133 to 954), this was also the case in Łódź (from 2055 to 2052) and Zielona Góra (from 2910 to 2762).
In the first six months of this year. KAS authorities imposed penal fines for tax offenses and petty offenses in the total amount of nearly PLN 35.6 million. That’s 59.9%. It’s more than in the same period last year when they amounted to approx. PLN 22.3 million.
– Of course, the increase in the number of fines issued for tax and petty offenses may mean looking for additional funds for the state budget. For many years we have been observing a tightening of the course in this direction. In my opinion, nothing will change shortly, and may even worsen – emphasizes tax advisor Natalia Stoch-Mika.
According to her, the tax fines issued for some time are too high and disproportionate to the committed act. Taxpayers often receive very large penalties for unknowingly committing an offense that does not reduce funds in the state budget in any way.
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