Ministry of Finance repeals regulations on indirect transactions with tax havens

On 23 August 2022, the Council of Ministers passed a bill amending the Personal Income Tax Act and some other acts presented by the Minister of Finance. The bill was sent to the Sejm under the number 2544.

The bill provides for, without limitation, extension of the Anti-Inflation Shield until 31 December 2022 and retaining temporary reduction of VAT rates (imposed on food, fuel, gas and electricity); as the Ministry informed, the bill is also aimed at perfecting the regulations governing taxation of income of legal persons in a way which will make them more transparent while ensuring greater effectiveness.

The changes apply in particular to transactions with entities residing, established or managed in/from a territory or country which applies harmful tax competition, including the so-called “indirect transactions with tax havens”, i.e. transactions where it is not the direct counterparty of the taxpayer that is a resident of a tax haven, but the beneficial owner of payments resulting from the transaction.

The major changes to transfer pricing regulations which the Sejm is going to work on now include:

  • repealing the regulations governing the obligation to apply the arm’s length principle and preparation of transfer pricing documentation for indirect transactions with tax havens; this also applies to regulations which impose an obligation on taxpayers to verify the beneficial owner of payments (Art. 11o sec. 1 and 1b of the CIT Act).
  • an increase of the threshold for documenting direct transactions with tax havens:

– to PLN 2.5 million for financial transactions and
– PLN 500 thousand for other transactions,

in respect of documentation for transactions with tax havens, the thresholds would apply both to controlled transactions (Art. 11k par. 2 of the CIT Act), and to transactions other than controlled (11o of this Act).

Importantly, the changes cancelling the obligation to prepare the documentation are planned to take effect on the date of promulgation of the act, but they would apply retrospectively since 1 January 2021. The changes regarding transaction thresholds are planned to take effect on the date following the promulgation day.

It seems that the short era of tax regulations on indirect transactions with tax haven has just come to an end. Moreover, it seems that taxpayers will not need to undergo the burdensome procedure of beneficial owner verification in terms of determining whether the residence, establishment or management thereof is located in a tax haven (also for 2021).

The changes are undoubtedly favourable; however, since they are introduced so late, a number of taxpayers have already taken steps to make the verification (and incurred related costs) of transactions concluded in 2021.

We shall follow the legislative process and keep you informed when the changes are finally adopted. Should you have any questions, please contact us.


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