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In 2019 we faced in Poland a significant change in the withholding tax. In 2020 we expect further law changes in this matter.

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In 2019 hat sich in Polen die Rechtslage in Bezug auf die Quellensteuer erheblich geändert. In 2020 sind weitere Rechtsänderungen in dieser Hinsicht erwartet.

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Thanks to GPWEC members and participants of the Berlin 2017 Round Table - Poland will be the country with the most new renewable energy investments by 2050

In February 2017, on the initiative of the Polish-German Wind Energy Circle, a meeting of investors with a total investment volume in the Polish wind energy sector of over 2 billion euros was held. In a gloomy mood, the Polish government's activities in the field of renewable energy and possible countermeasures were then discussed. This was only one of many seminars of this type during which GPWEC presented and discussed the legal situation in Poland and alternative investment opportunities in the energy sector.

At the time, none of the participants expected that Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Energy in the Law and Justice government, would announce that Poland 'would be the country with the highest number of new investments in renewable energies by 2050'. In 2016, this was even unthinkable, but such a statement was made, as can be seen from the media reports: https://www.money.pl/gospodarka/pis-przeprasza-sie-z-wiatrem-emilewicz-chce-zasilic-polske-pradem-z-oze-6537287472191105a.html

The few courageous investors who saw an opportunity to buy wind turbines cheaply in the deepest crisis in Poland in 2016/2017, when the property tax on wind turbines quadrupled in addition to the 10H regulation, were right, because it was no longer profitable for anyone to produce wind energy in Poland. These investors are now best positioned in Poland.

Now, with the planned modification of the 10H regulation, the political obstacles will be removed and the further development of wind energy in Poland can be supported unhindered. For  the GPWEC this means that we can now resume our normal work:  To inform, network and support the wind energy stakeholders in Poland and Germany.

GPWEC would like to thank all the members and supporters of the Club for the support they have received so far for the development of Polish wind energy, which undoubtedly had a positive impact on the lobbying work of the Club. Thanks to this, investors from the wind energy sector were able to agree among themselves on their plans and perspectives and thus were encouraged to continue their investments in Poland.

GPWEC is planning a regulars' table in September this year for networking and a seminar on PPA models in Poland for our general meeting on the 19th of November 2020. Concrete invitations will follow.

Webinar on 22.09.2020: „COVID-19 – An Issue of the Legal Profession“

On 22nd September 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Henning von Zanthier will hold a presentation about legal requirements for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Germany for Malaysian business lawyers during the webinar „COVID-19 – An Issue of the Legal Profession“, organised by German Federal Bar Association (BRAK). Following subjects, among others, are going to be discussed: access to justice during COVID-19 crisis and the rising importance of mediation during and after COVID-19 crisis. Participation is possible after prior registration at domaschke@.brak.de.  

Program of the webinar


On 24th September 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mr. Henning von Zanthier will moderate the webinar „New Obstacles to Foreign Direct Investments?“ – as part of the annual LAWASIA conference. Speakers from Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, the Philippines, the Czech Republic and Bangladesh will share their experiences on their Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) rules. The webinar can be attended free of charge after prior registration.

New transfer pricing deadlines and formalities in 2020

The transfer pricing regulations in force since January 2019 have introduced numerous changes in this respect, such as for example:

• new documentation thresholds,
• the obligation for related entities to submit information on transfer prices TPR-C (legal persons) or TPR-P (natural persons) to the Head of the National Fiscal Administration,
• an obligation to make a statement confirming that the transfer pricing documentation has been prepared and that the transactions are carried out on arm’s length principle.

Taxpayers must therefore pay particular attention to the new regulations, while keeping in mind the statutory deadlines in this respect. These deadlines have been extended for most taxpayers due to the coronavirus pandemic and will expire on 31 December 2020.

Deadline for submitting of TPR-C lub TPR-P in the year 2020

The deadline for submitting this information TPR-C (TPR-P) and statements is generally passed for entities whose tax year is consistent with the calendar year of the day 30 September 2020 (in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline was extended to 31 December 2020) For failure to comply with the deadlines for the performance of the obligations or for the certification in the submitted documents an untruth, the legislature provided for severe penalties. For this reason, it is important not only to complete the formalities within a certain period of time, but also to prepare the required documentation reliably.

Preparing the required data can be time consuming

According to the explanatory memorandum to the Act introducing the above mentioned obligations, the purpose of the introduced regulations is to obtain by the Head of the National Fiscal Administration detailed information on the conditions of controlled transactions concluded by taxpayers obliged to prepare local transfer pricing documentation. The collected data is to be used for statistical and economic analyses and analysis of the risk of income underestimation by taxpayers through non-market behaviour.

Additionally, it should be pointed out that the key element of information TPR is to properly supplement information on:

• the realized result on the transaction,
• data from prepared benchmark analysis,
• values of indicators such as achieved operating margin, gross profit margin, profitability of assets or profitability of equity.

Do not hesitate to prepare transfer pricing documentation

Taking into account the above, in order to meet the transfer pricing obligations imposed by the legislator in a timely and reliable manner, we suggest taking appropriate steps now. Taxpayers have gained additional time to complete the formalities, however, this does not mean that they can postpone the above topic to the last moment. Identifying transactions and then preparing the necessary documents and completing the formalities in accordance with the new regulations may prove to be time consuming.

Webinar on 15.09.2020: “Chances for Polish entrepreneurs in the German metropolitan region – European double city Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice”

On 15th September 2020 from 11:25 a.m. attorney at law, Mr. Kamil Niciecki from VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ in Berlin will give in Polish an introduction to the business activities of Polish companies in Germany during the webinar "Chances for Polish companies in the German capital region - European double city Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice", explaining the German sale contract, the contract for work and services and the foundation of limited liability company (GmbH) in Germany. Before that, important economic data for Polish companies in Germany will be explained by the Investor Center Ostbrandenburg (ICOB), Mrs. Kania. The webinar is organized by ICOB in cooperation with the German-Polish Business Circle (DWK) from Poznań and starts at 11 a.m. The webinar is free and open for everyone after prior registration at adamus@.icob.de.

Program of the webinar

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VAT- settlement in Poland under new rules without freezing funds

From 1 July 2020 VAT on the import of goods to Poland can be settled directly in the tax declaration. Previously, this required a special permit. The aim of the amendment is to improve the competitiveness of Polish ports, which until now have been losing the battle for the customer with i.a. German and Dutch ports. In these countries, the possibility of non-cash settlement of imports for all taxpayers has been long provided for. The new rules for settlement of the VAT will avoid freezing of funds and will have a positive impact on the financial liquidity of companies.

Previous rules have reduced the competitiveness of Polish companies

So far due VAT on the import of goods to Poland should in principle be paid within 10 days of customs clearance. Taxpayers could then deduct the tax paid in the relevant tax declaration, which frozen the entrepreneur's funds for about 90 days. Taxpayers often decided to carry out an import procedure in another EU member state and subsequently settle intra-Community movement of goods.

Currently, every active VAT taxpayer can avoid the obligation to pay VAT on import earlier and settle it directly in one VAT return.

In practice, this means that it is possible to avoid temporary freezing of the amount of VAT paid to the customs office, which makes importing goods into Poland more advantageous.

What formal conditions must be met?

Such a solution will be available for taxpayers who make customs declarations through a direct or indirect representative. Traders will have to present an appropriate and current (not older than 6 months) certificates of no arrears in taxes and social security contributions and confirmation of registration as an active VAT taxpayer. For convenience- the required documents may also be replaced by a written statement of the taxpayer with the appropriate content.

The new regulations do not provide for special requirements for foreign VAT taxpayers who are registered in Poland only for VAT purposes and do not pay, for example, social security contributions. In our opinion, it will be sufficient in such a case to submit an appropriate statement, which will ultimately be assessed by the competent authority.

The documents should be submitted to the head of the customs office in view of the taxpayer's place of residence or headquarters. In the case of taxpayers who do not have their place of residence or headquarters in Poland, the head of the Lower Silesian Customs Office in Wrocław is competent.

The taxpayer is also obliged to present documents confirming the settlement of VAT due on import within 4 months after the month in which the customs declaration was accepted to the competent head of customs office. However, this obligation will probably be repealed after 1 October 2020.

When will companies benefit from the simplifications of VAT settlement?

The provisions do not directly regulate the moment from which the simplification may be applied. It seems that it will be possible already in the next settlement period after fulfilling formal conditions. In this regard, taxpayers must remember to submit the relevant documents to the competent head of the customs office. Failures in this case will result in the inability to take advantage of the simplifications.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this simplification or have you further questions in tis topic, please contact our VAT specialists. Our team will help you to make an appropriate notification, correctly settle the tax, as well as take care of the timely submission of documents to the relevant office.

Article by Jan Muszyński in "Jahrbuch des Öffentlichen Rechts"

We encourage you to read the article "Comparative legal argument in the Polish discussion on changes in the judiciary", published in the prestigious Jahrbuch des Öffentlichen Rechts. The author of the publication is Jan Muszyński, a lawyer from our Firm. The article concerns the abuse and instrumentalisation of comparison of changes in the judiciary in Poland with the solutions of Western countries, especially Germany.

SARS-CoV-2 and transfer pricing

In connection with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, many companies are confronted with problems such as reduced income, production downtime, delays in the supply of materials and raw materials, insolvency of contractors, etc.

In practice, this may lead to situations where the supply chain in transactions with related parties has to be reorganised due to the temporary closure of the plant, lack of staff, the need for longer storage of goods due to lack of transport capacity, etc.

These aspects may have a significant impact on the transfer prices agreed in settlements with related entities, for example by changing the distribution of functions, assets and risks between the various parties to a transaction. In addition, changes in the method of settlement between related parties, extensions of payment terms, distribution of payments in instalments, etc., may in turn require verification that the method and calculation method used corresponds to arm’s length principle.

Given the fact that:

- in certain cases it is important to apply arm’s length principle already during the year,
- significant changes in commercial or financial relations may be treated as restructuring covered by transfer pricing regulations

we suggest that you analyse your transactions from the transfer pricing perspective.

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