giovedì 13 luglio 2017

European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - State aid: Commission finds Poland's tax on the retail sector in breach of EU rules

The European Commission has found that a Polish tax on the retail sector is in breach of EU state aid rules.
The Commission concluded that the progressive tax rates based on turnover give companies with low turnover an advantage over their competitors.
Following a complaint, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation in September 2016 into the measure.
Poland did not collect this new tax and, as a result, no State aid was effectively granted. Consequently, there is no need for recovery in this case.
The Commission does not question Poland's right to decide on its taxation systems or on the objective of different taxes and levies.
However, the tax system must comply with EU law, including State aid rules, and cannot unduly favour certain companies over others.
Under the Polish measure, companies operating in Poland in the retail sector would pay a monthly tax based on their turnover from retail sales.
The tax features a progressive rate structure with three different brackets and rates: (...)

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