Category Archives: VAT

Input VAT on acquisition of cars (1.4.2014)

As from 1.4.2014 the main criterium for deduction of input VAT is the extent, to which the vehicle is used for business purposes. Accordingly, also the passenger cars may entitle the VAT-payers to deduct the input VAT in full, if the mileage-log substantiates that the car has been utilized solely for business purposes and if the acuisition (leasing etc.) has been reported to tax authorities in a timely manner. Otherwise, the limit of 50% applies.

Municipalities as VAT-payers

The Supreme Administrative Court has confirmed (in the resolution of 24.06.2013, I FPS 1/13), that only the municipalities can be the taxable persons. The budget entities (established by the municipalities) are not the VAT-payers.

Occasional passenger transport – VAT

The European Court of Justice has established that Poland has infringed provisions of the EU VAT Directive 2006/112/EC by imposing a lump-sum tax on foreign VAT-payers, insofar as occasional passenger transport on roads is concerned (case C-311/09). Consequently the Minister of Finance has issued an interpretation (dated 21 June 2010), which de facto includes some amendments to the existing regulations. Currently all foreign entities, which provide in Poland international occasional passenger transport services, using the buses registered outside of Poland (in other Member States), are obliged to apply general VAT rules. These entities are obliged to register for VAT purposes in Poland and to file VAT returns with the calculated tax amounts (considering the distance covered).