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EU challenges new Polish retail tax

  • Sep 18, 2016 | Richard Asquith

EU challenges new Polish retail tax

The European Commission (EC) has opened a state-aid probe into Poland’s new retail tax.

The tax is levied on the turnover of supermarkets, with an upwards sliding scale based on the total turnover of each retailer. The EC’s injunction will investigate whether the progressive nature of the rates scale amounts to an unfair competitive advantage for smaller stores. Stores with a monthly turnover of below PLN 17million are exempted from the tax.  The tax is now suspended until the EC completes its probe.

Poland introduced the tax in September 2016 to help meet budget commitments to increased welfare spending.


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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.