The Sejm will deal with fixing the controversial issue of the deregulation act, which introduces the so-called tax on donations. Earlier, however, as Bartłomiej Wróblewski, chairman of the parliamentary special commission for deregulation, said in an interview with “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”, the deputies will most likely override the Senate’s veto on this issue.
Last Wednesday, the Senate voted to reject the deregulation bill in its entirety, which makes changes to the inheritance tax and donations. The senators decided that the controversial provisions, which would increase the taxation of online collections, were better to be rejected entirely than to be repaired.
Controversial changes in inheritance and gift tax
The act passed by the Sejm provides for two major changes regarding the tax on inheritance and donations.
First of all, it’s a 3.5-fold increase tax-free amount for donations and inheritances from one person. The second is the introduction of limits for donations received from many people. As “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” reminds, the tax would be payable on the acquisition of ownership of things and property rights with a value exceeding in a five-year period:
PLN 108,360 – if the buyer is a person included in the first tax group,
PLN 81,270 – if the buyer is a person included in the second tax group,
PLN 54,180 – if the buyer is a person included in the third tax group.
The problem is the latter solution, because it affects the donations announced to finance expensive therapies for the sick. – I can understand the desire to tax situations in which periodically organized public collections are a source of income for someone. But I don’t understand the collection of tax on collections organized in dramatic life situations, for operations, rebuilding a house after a fire, rehabilitation, shelters, treatment of animals. I do not know whether the deputies who voted for such a bill were aware of the consequences of their decision. I hope that the necessary amendments will be introduced to the act as soon as possible – Małgorzata Samborska, a tax advisor from Grant Thornton, commented in an interview with “DGP”.
The change in the solutions adopted by the Sejm was also announced by the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Bartłomiej Wróblewski (PiS), chairman of the parliamentary extraordinary commission for deregulation, which prepared the bill, predicts in an interview with “DGP” that the deputies will most likely reject the Senate’s veto.
What next for the dump tax?
Wróblewski, on the other hand, announced that work is about to begin on changes that will make online screenshots still, as they are now, not taxed. According to the newspaper, the problem may be solved while working on another tax amendment, called SLIM VAT 3, which is already in the Sejm.
Bartholomew Wroblewski believes that the correction can be made in two ways. According to “DGP” in the assessment PiS MP ego, you can go back to the original wording of Art. 5 of the Deregulation Act, i.e. the one that assumed only an increase in the tax-free amount for inheritances and donations received from one person.
However, if collective limits turned out to be necessary, an additional provision could be introduced in parallel, which would exclude public collections from taxation, the newspaper states.
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