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Ministry proposes new business-friendly changes to VAT, customs rules


The Ministry of Economy has published for interdepartmental consultation a legislative proposal that would make certain VAT and customs-duty procedures significantly friendlier for business. The draft regulations are part of a wider drive designed to reduce administrative barriers to doing business in Poland.

They introduce two key changes. One reduces by half, to 30 days from 60 days, the maximum period for repayment of overpaid VAT. This would bring Poland up to standards common in most EU countries. According to the OECD, the average period for reclaiming VAT is 28 days in Austria, 21 days in Denmark, 5 days in Estonia, 14 days in Finland, 30 days in France, or 20 days in Ireland.

The other change would abolish the special, 10-day deadline for importers to pay the VAT and customs duty on imported goods. Instead, both payments would be made according to general tax rules, i.e. until the 25th day of the following month, when tax declarations are filed.

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