The government looks set to extend the zero percent VAT rate on food staples owing to the effects of high inflation, the government's spokesperson said on Tuesday.
A reduction in VAT introduced in 2022 to counter the rapid increase in prices cost the Polish budget PLN 37 billion (EUR 7.9 billion), a deputy finance minister has said.
A VAT exemption on some food items will probably be extended until the end of the year, the finance minister has said.
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Donald Tusk, the head of the Civic Coalition (KO), the largest opposition grouping, in a video posted on social media, has accused the governing party Law and Justice (PiS) of "robbing" Poles by inflating the price of petrol.
Poland recorded a PLN 18.3-billion (EUR 3.94-billion) state budget surplus after the first 11 months of 2022, the Finance Ministry has said.
Poland's GDP will shrink by 0.3 percent in Q1 2023 but will grow by 1.2 percent year on year in the entire year, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), a government think-tank, said on Monday.
Eleven people suspected of involvement in a PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 0.32 billion) VAT fraud have been arrested.