Currently, intensive work is underway at the OECD and G20 forums on the content of the draft international convention, which will concern the rules of taxation of the so-called digital giants. The government of the Republic of Poland supports these works, wrote Deputy Finance Minister Artur Soboń in response to an interpellation.
MP Hanna Gill-Piątek wrote in an interpellation that a discussion on the introduction of a digital tax has been going on in the public space for years. “For Poland, an important context for its implementation is EU policy and discussions on the digital tax at the OECD level” – she added.
At the same time – as she emphasized – today it is known that this tax may be introduced with a delay as to the announcements and assumptions of the OECD from 2019. “In 2022, Poland blocked work on a directive on a single corporate tax of 15 percent due to the insufficient link between this tax and the big-tech tax, arguing that a global solution based on these two pillars needs to be introduced,” she wrote in an interpellation.
Therefore, she asked the Minister of Finance, Magdalena Rzeczkowska, about the actions regarding the introduction of a digital tax, the position of the Polish government at the moment regarding the draft convention on digital tax prepared by the OECD (Draft Multilateral Convention Provisions on Digital Services Taxes and other Relevant Similar Measures) and the current contribution of the Polish government to the work on digital tax at EU level.
Ministry of Finance’s answer on the digital tax
The deputy head of the Ministry of Finance, Artur Soboń, wrote in response that “in view of the statement adopted in October 2021 on a two-pillar solution to meet the tax challenges resulting from the digitization of the economy, countries belonging to the OECD/G20 The Inclusive Framework jointly agreed that no new digital services taxes or other relevant similar measures will be imposed on any company from October 8, 2021 and until December 31, 2023 or the entry into force of an international convention, whichever what comes first.”
“We expect the effective and quick conclusion of work on the OECD forum, which will allow the introduction of digital taxation on an international scale (global scope)” – explained the deputy minister.
Soboń added that intensive work is currently underway on the content of the draft international convention, which will also apply to the rules of taxation of the so-called digital giants. “The government of the Republic of Poland supports these works,” wrote the deputy head of the Ministry of Finance.
He explained that at the same time “this means that work on a digital tax on the EU forum and unilaterally in Poland is also not currently being carried out.”
At the same time – emphasized Artur Soboń – in the Council Directive on ensuring a global minimum level of taxation of international groups of enterprises and large domestic groups in the Union in art. 57, a clause was added whereby until 30 June 2023 European Commission submit a report to the Council assessing the state of play on the implementation of the first pillar contained in the statement on a two-pillar solution agreed in October 2021 to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy and, if appropriate, submit a legislative proposal to address these challenges in the absence of implementation of the solution contained in first pillar.
“This clause was added at the request of Poland to ensure that in the event of delays in the work on the OECD forum, work on the EU digital tax will be continued” – explained the deputy minister.
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