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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-27/1950 – Updated – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 29 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||11 July 2021 (updated 20 October 2021)|
The Financial Shield administered by the Polish Development Fund (PFR), has been put into use in April 2020 based on the Act amending the Act on the System of Development Institutions facilitating public support programme.
Under the PFR shield, 348,000 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises received partly non-refundable financial subsidies totalling almost PLN 61 billion by mid 2021.
The Prime Minister announced to have taken a decision on the government refraining from demanding income tax to be paid from the financial aid received under the Financial Shield schemes. Since the scheme has been put into use, the issue remained unclear, and for that reason it has been a source of much distress and anxiety among the entire business community in general, and the aid recipients in particular. The step recently taken allows to hope for appeasing the atmosphere somewhat. The Prime Minster argued that enterprises have had a difficult time through the pandemic, so giving back the part of the aid received due from the tax, could slow down their development. However, the necessary regulatory amendments need to follow, so that the declaration can materialise.
The decision is likely to translate into over PLN 40 billion liabilities cancelled, which represents at least PLN 8 billion in tax benefits for the companies, as the Chair of the PFR observed.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The decision is regarded to be taken with no consultation with social partners.
No positions of social partners followed.
Eurofound (2021), Tax on the Financial Shield to be canceled, measure PL-2021-27/1950 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2021-27_1950.html
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