European Commission rules Poland has to suspend new retailer tax

The European Commission has opened an investigation into Poland’s new retailer tax and issued an injunction stating that Poland has to suspend it as sees the progressive rate of the tax and varying tax-free amounts for different-size retailers as inadmissible state aid.

“The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a Polish tax on the retail sector,” the statement said. “The Commission has concerns that the progressive rates based on turnover give companies with a low turnover a selective advantage over their competitors in breach of EU state aid rules.”

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