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Weaker protection of individual tax interpretations
From the start of 2017, the protection provided by previously issued individual tax interpretations became doubtful. The problem particularly concerns protection when tax advantages are obtained after 1 January 2017 in connection with adjustment to the factual situation or future events which were the subject of the individual interpretation.
Weaker protection of individual tax interpretations
Changes in tax treaties on the horizon
In 2013 an OECD forum began work on the BEPS project, comprising 15 actions for tightening the international system of tax treaties and preventing tax avoidance by taxpayers exploiting loopholes in tax treaties. These measures cover a broad spectrum of issues connected with taxation of international trade.
Changes in tax treaties on the horizon
Important changes in joint commercial proxies
An amendment to the Polish Civil Code has created new types of commercial proxies but also raised doubts about the legitimacy of joint commercial proxies granted before the new legislation came into force.
Important changes in joint commercial proxies
More appeals and greater judicial oversight over decisions by contracting authorities
The amendment of the Public Procurement Law which entered into force on 28 July 2016 opens up broader possibilities for protecting the interests of contractors in appellate proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber (KIO).
More appeals and greater judicial oversight over decisions by contracting authorities
New regulations for small businesses
The Act Amending the Business Freedom Act and Certain Other Acts entered into force on 19 May 2016. The changes mainly affect Poland’s small business register—the Central Register and Information on Economic Activity (CEIDG).
New regulations for small businesses
Recent changes in criminal procedure, operational monitoring, and the prosecution system
Numerous major changes have entered into force in Poland in recent months in the area of criminal procedure, surveillance of citizens, and how the prosecution system is run.
Recent changes in criminal procedure, operational monitoring, and the prosecution system
Radical changes in trademark law
The fairly long waiting time for registration of trademarks at the Polish Patent Office often means that instead of seeking protection in Poland, businesses decide to register with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, formerly OHIM). Although much more expensive, proceedings there are generally fast and simple. Major changes have now been made to Poland’s Industrial Property Law with the aim of making the Polish Patent Office more competitive with EUIPO.
Radical changes in trademark law
Registration of “Poland” trademarks will be easier to obtain
Apart from the recognition of letters of consent, a major change in trademark law already in force is the possibility of registering a mark containing the name Polska or Poland (or the abbreviations RP or PL), or the name of a Polish locality, without the need to obtain the consent of the relevant authorities.
Registration of “Poland” trademarks will be easier to obtain
New banking tax
On 1 February 2016, the Act on the Tax on Certain Financial Institutions came into force, introducing a “banking tax” and giving rise to multiple differences of opinion in the Polish banking and insurance sectors.
New banking tax
Changes in maximum and statutory interest rates
New rules for determining maximum interest rates and statutory interest rates for both interest on capital and interest on delay entered into force on 1 January 2016.
Changes in maximum and statutory interest rates
A new approach to mediation and its impact on judicial proceedings
An amendment to the Civil Procedure Code entered into force on 1 January 2016, raising the importance of mediation and significantly changing Poland’s mediation regulations. This will also affect the course of judicial proceedings commenced from that date forward.
A new approach to mediation and its impact on judicial proceedings
Consideration of customer complaints by financial institutions
Financial services are not always performed as they should be, and procedures for considering customer complaints have not always been effective. Consequently, in May 2015 the Polish Financial Supervision Authority adopted a resolution on consideration of customer complaints, and in August the Sejm adopted the Act on Consideration of Complaints by Financial Market Entities and on the Financial Ombudsman. The act has just entered into force.
Consideration of customer complaints by financial institutions