Poland’s tax evasion strategy is working, claims study Poland’s tax evasion strategy is working, claims study

Poland’s tax evasion strategy is working, claims study
29 Jan 2018

Poland's moves to reduce tax evasion appear to be working, with the tax-evading, unregistered segment of its economy having shrunk by 1%.

The government has boosted its annual revenue by about PLN 20 billion (US$5.58 billion), the United Nations Global Compact Network Poland says in a report.

According to Radio Poland, the off-the-books part of the economy represents 11% of the country’s gross domestic product. The fightback covers industries such as tobacco, fuel, gambling and spirits, as well as food service, mining, energy and waste management.

A national receipt lottery has meant that many consumers are now collecting purchase receipts, thus making it harder for dishonest businesspeople to hide their income.

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

Poland's moves to reduce tax evasion appear to be working, with the tax-evading, unregistered segment of its economy having shrunk by 1%.

The government has boosted its annual revenue by about PLN 20 billion (US$5.58 billion), the United Nations Global Compact Network Poland says in a report.

According to Radio Poland, the off-the-books part of the economy represents 11% of the country’s gross domestic product. The fightback covers industries such as tobacco, fuel, gambling and spirits, as well as food service, mining, energy and waste management.

A national receipt lottery has meant that many consumers are now collecting purchase receipts, thus making it harder for dishonest businesspeople to hide their income.

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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