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Taxes. Arrears in VAT. Data from the Ministry of Finance

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Tax arrears in the first half of 2020 reached almost PLN 140 billion, writes Rzeczpospolita on Tuesday, citing data from the Ministry of Finance. The vast majority, as much as PLN 111 billion, concerned VAT.


“Compared to the end of 2019, uncollected VAT receivables increased by as much as PLN 16 billion. And since the end of 2015, i.e. under the PiS government, by a total of PLN 64 billion” – we read in the daily. As it was added, the taxes fraudulent by criminals will probably never return to the budget.

Only “partly the effect of the crisis”

– Such a large increase in six months is probably partly the effect of the crisis – comments Sławomir Dudek, chief economist of the Civic Development Forum Foundation in an interview with Rzeczpospolita. – But the truth is also that the collection of tax debts from criminals, VAT mafias, is close to zero.

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As the newspaper reminds in Saturday’s report by “Supervisor” journalists presented data showing that in 2018-2019 the State Treasury was to lose almost PLN 17 billion on VAT fraud, of which PLN 150 million was recovered, i.e. less than 1 percent.

The material also referred to the words of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. – We have recovered from the hands of VAT mafias and tax criminals several tens of billions of zlotys – said the head of the government.


“Prosecutors do not always know about tax matters”

Rzeczpospolita points out that Tadeusz Kościński, the Minister of Finance, also spoke about the difficulties in recovering this type of arrears on Monday. “He explained that the organizers of VAT carousels are professionals who can cover their tracks. As an example, he gave an already broken tax carousel in which as many as 180 different ‘companies’ from ten countries were involved. It is not surprising that there is not much about their ‘principals’. they know “poles” caught red-handed, hired by criminals “- writes the journal.

A long-time employee of the National Revenue Administration (KAS), claiming anonymity, in an interview with Rzeczpospolita notes that the reasons for the increase in the amounts of irrecoverable VAT are terrible personnel policy and organizational shortcomings.

– Many experienced inspectors working in fiscal control offices have stopped dealing with control activities or have quit the administration altogether – says the newspaper’s interlocutor.

“It refers to the reform of the former deputy finance minister Marian Banas, i.e. the creation of KAS (National Revenue Administration). As a result, prosecutors conducting investigations into, inter alia, VAT carousels do not have a substantive partner on the side of the tax administration who would support them with their knowledge” – explains the newspaper.

– And yet prosecutors do not always know about taxes or finance in general – says the official.

Main photo source: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

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