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Poland drops VAT return for SAF-T 2019

  • Jul 7, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Poland drops VAT return for SAF-T 2019

Poland has announced plans to withdraw the requirement for the submission of monthly VAT returns. Instead, the already mandatory Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) will suffice. This provides the tax authorities with details of all VAT transactions, and well as the total calculated VAT liability and other totals required for the existing VAT return.

Polish SAF-T, known as JPK_VAT system (Uniform Control File for VAT purposes), has been required of all tax payers since 1 January 2018. It was first introduced for large tax payers in 2016. It includes:

  • All accounting transactions in the ledgers
  • Bank statements
  • VAT transactions, including invoices
  • Stock movement documentation e.g. invoices and GNR’s.

SAF-T is an international XML-based reporting standard for the exchange of tax-related data between businesses and tax authorities. It was developed by the OECD in 2005, and has been adopted by nine countries in the EU to date – see EU SAF-T countries.


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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 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.