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Wprost Online - Poland | 19/08/2014

Poles are world champion taxpayers

Poles spend an average of 286 hours a year filling out tax forms, according to a recent study. The conservative news portal Wprost calls for a sweeping tax reform: "The taxes here are absolutely absurd. The VAT on healthy mineral water or green tea is 23 percent. Yet instant soups, crisps and salty snacks come under the reduced rate of eight percent. The system is repressive. The [annual] tax allowance of 3,091 złoty [740 euros] hasn't changed in six years, apart from an 'astronomical' rise of two złoty in 2009. Even in Tanzania it's twice as high. ... But instead of tackling this pathological state of affairs, [Finance] Minister Szczurek only digs deeper into our pockets. Now he even wants to introduce a tax on fibre optics."

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