At the end of January, the state budget surplus totalled PLN 22.3 billion (EUR 4.8 billion) which is a better result than the one recorded in January 2021, a deputy finance minister has said.
Czechs are piling across the border to buy cheap food and petrol in Poland following VAT cuts on fuel and its elimination entirely on some food products, Czech media have reported.
The Sejm, the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday rejected amendments made by the upper house to a bill temporarily reducing VAT on food, fertilizers, gas and other items.
The Sejm, the lower of house of parliament, on Thursday passed a law temporarily scrapping VAT on food, gas and energy under a government scheme designed to shield Poles from the effects of rising inflation.
Tax cuts included in a government programme designed to reduce the harm caused by rising inflation could be extended beyond the planned six months, the Polish government's spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, on Tuesday announced the introduction of a second anti-inflation shield which is a package of tax cuts that are aimed to trim consumer price inflation by up to 1.5 percentage points.
The prices of diesel and petrol could fall to PLN 5 (EUR 1.10) per litre thanks to the government's decision to temporarily cut VAT on fuels by two-thirds, the head of Poland's biggest fuel company PKN Orlen has said.
Poland's finance minister has said he expects VAT to be zero on food products from February 1, with the change affecting all products currently subject to 5-percent VAT.
The Polish government will probably reduce the VAT rate on staple foods to zero for at least six months, starting from February, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.
The Polish government has written to the European Commission asking permission to lower the VAT on fuels, the prime minister announced on Tuesday.