Poland's FinMin and his deputy to lose jobs over tax reform - media

The decision on this matter has already been made and the dismissals will come in less than 20 days, the broadcaster said. Pictured Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland will dismiss Finance Minister Tadeusz Kościński and Deputy Finance Minister Jan Sarnowski for the chaos around the implementation of the Polish Deal tax reform, radio broadcaster RMF FM has reported, without providing the source of information.

The decision on this matter has already been made and the dismissals will come in less than 20 days, the broadcaster said.

The government's hallmark Polish Deal programme introducing this month a new, more progressive tax system that the government pledged to benefit 80 percent of Poles, is having a difficult start and most Polish taxpayers are not satisfied with the complex changes implemented.

At the start of January, some public sector employees saw their salaries fall.

Additionally, the bill approved by the cabinet on January 25, obliges employers to calculate the advance payments of their employees’ income tax in 2022 according to both the old and the new system, placing an additional burden on employers.

In an interview with PAP, Deputy Prime Minister and ruling party Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński said the problems that arose at the beginning of the introduction of the Polish Deal require political decisions, including personnel ones.

Commenting on the RMF FM report, Piotr Mueller, government spokesperson told a private TV broadcaster on Wednesday afternoon that a decision had been taken to make personnel changes related to the implementation of the Polish Deal. 

"At the moment, we are focusing primarily on correcting the errors that appeared in the tax bill...  but personnel decisions will be announced when they are finally made," he said.

Mueller added that consequences would be drawn towards people who "prepared and implemented" the Polish Deal.