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Poland’s Heavy Crypto Tax Policy “Temporarily Abandoned”

Sead Fadilpašić
Last updated: | 1 min read

Imposing the Polish “Civil Law Transactions Tax” (PCC) on all cryptocurrency transactions is not as viable as their government officials used to believe. Deputy Finance Minister Paweł Gruza said that the Ministry of Finance accepts the “irrational effect” of the PCC on cryptocurrencies, according to Business Insider Polska.

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The Polish government had decided to levy a tax on all cryptocurrency transactions, regardless of whether the taxpayer made a profit. While Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called cryptos “Ponzi schemes” in an effort to turn Poles away, the government and state-owned lenders generally support blockchain as a source of innovation in the banking industry, as previously reported. The Polish crypto community had taken to online petitions in an attempt to change the authorities’ minds.

After meeting protesters in front of the ministry last month, Gruza announced: “There will be no PCC tax on trading of cryptocurrencies before any final solutions are worked out, which will happen in no less than two years. However, we maintain the obligation to settle the personal income tax, while working on temporary solutions.” He adds that “unfortunately,” those who had already paid the civil law transactions tax would not get a refund, but that they are “working on legislative solutions to solve this problem.”

The government of the country has not shown a lot of optimism towards cryptocurrencies. Earlier this year, a draft law was approved, aimed at bringing cryptos under the traditional anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing provisions of the Polish legislation, while many government officials have taken the time to warn citizens against trading cryptocurrency.