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Poland extends VAT split payments

European Commission grants extension of anti-VAT fraud measure until 2025

Poland has won an extension of its derivation from the EU VAT Directive to impose withholding VAT, or split payments, on certain goods and services transactions. The measure was initially introduced in November 2019, set to expire in February 2022.

To secure the continuation of the derogation, Poland was able to demonstrate:

  • Improved VAT collections
  • Faster refunds of credits for taxpayers

Poland’s VAT Gap has been shrinking for a number of years, and now stands at €5.4 billion. Enjoy our global VAT and GST free news emails, sign-up here.

Special VAT accounts for split payments

Under the Polish requirements, the customer must open special, controlled bank accounts, ‘VAT account’ to receive the VAT element of customer settlements. In practise, the payment is made by the customer in a single transfer, and the bank operates the split between the bank accounts of the vendor. These accounts generally may only be used to pay VAT liabilities to the tax authorities.

Taxpayers must list the VAT accounts with the tax authorities, who in turn publicly list them in so-called ‘white list’ for inspection by customers.

There is a transaction threshold of PLN 15,000 (approximately €3,155). Over 150 types of high-risk goods and services are included in the split payments rules. This includes: construction; steel; electronics; fuels; non-ferrous metals; and gold.

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