Poland cuts VAT from 23% to 22% January 2016

Wed 8th Jul 2015

On 8th July 2015, Poland’s government announced  plans to cut the standard Polish VAT rate from 23% to 22% from 1 January 2016.  The decision to bring forward the cut came about as Poland left the EU’s excessive budget deficit procedure recently.  The cut will cost around €1.5 billion per annum.

Polish economy recovering

Poland has had a relatively good financial crisis, and was the only economy not to go into recession. Nevertheless, since it had signed-up to the Euro currency convergence criteria, it was required to keep its budget deficit below 3% of its GDP. As the European markets slowed following the 2007/8 credit crunch, this forced Poland to raise its VAT rate from 22% to 23% in 2010, and raise its reduced VAT rate to 8%. Poland’s deficit hit 10% of its Gross Domestic Product in 2010.

The latest deficit forecasts show that it can reach the Euro entry criteria comfortably.