Most Poles criticise new tax reform

The government's flagship tax reform programme has been criticised by 56 percent of Poles despite the prime minister's and the ruling party leader's claims that most taxpayers will benefit from the changes, a poll has shown.

In a CBOS poll published on Monday, 22 percent of those surveyed expressed a negative opinion about the new tax rules while 34 percent strongly criticised them.

The changes were praised by 21 percent of the respondents while 23 percent had no opinion.

The new tax principles mostly offer benefits to low earners and old age pensioners at the cost of upper middle class and high earners. However, the reform has also attracted criticism due to its hasty passage through parliament and the resulting huge number of errors in the new legislation.

The number of amendments and corrections is now approaching 1,000.

This is also evidenced in the new survey, according to which 68 percent of those polled say the changes have not been well explained to them. Only 25 percent say they have sufficient information and seven percent had no opinion on the matter.

The broader reform that includes the tax changes, dubbed the Polish Deal, has been heavily promoted by Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the ruling Law and Justice party leader.

However, the first days of January revealed the first problems of the reforms, with teachers and several other professional groups receiving reduced wages due to errors in the law. This has cost the finance minister and his deputy their jobs.

CBOS ran the survey on a sample of 1,065 Poles on January 1 - February 10, 2022.