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President Lech Kaczynski has just signed an act to provide special solutions for taxpayers earning income outside Poland, including the removal of tax debt and penalties in some cases.
The changes will be particularly beneficial for people who earned income abroad and in Poland between 2002 and 2007 and have not filed a tax return until now. Those who have paid tax in Poland will be able to get it back.
The act will affect Poles working in countries with which Poland has or had previously signed a double tax treaty with. The new regulations came into effect on August 6th, 2008.
Why is tax abolition important?
Rafal Szary of taxback.com says the President’s signature on this Act will be very advantageous for many taxpayers. Even if they haven’t filled in a tax claim in Poland declaring income from foreign sources, they won’t pay any penalties. Before this, people who didn’t fill in the claim on time were obliged not only to pay tax and penalties, but could face going to jail or paying a fine. Also, the tax office won’t be able to ask for any PIT corrections.
The act will also be helpful for tax officials processing applications who previously had difficulties with how to interpret tax law and how to include foreign income in Polish tax returns.