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Poland delays Retail Sales Tax

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  • 23 August 2017 | Richard Asquith

Poland delays Retail Sales Tax

Poland has delayed the reintroduction of a tax on retailers turnover until 2019 following a European Commission finding that it breached state aid rules.

The tax was first introduced in September 2016, and was levied on the turnover of supermarkets, with an upwards sliding scale based on the total turnover of each retailer. The EU’s objection was that the progressive nature of the rates scale amounted to an unfair competitive advantage for smaller stores. Stores with a monthly turnover of below PLN 17million were exempted from the tax.  The tax was then withdrawn at the end of 2016 following the EC's objection.

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 is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's 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.