Main opposition presents alternative program for Poland
September 3, 2012
Changes in tax laws, a ten-year anti-unemployment program and stricter punishment for corruption crimes were among the proposals in the main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) political program presented Sunday by PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Kaczynski laid out PiS proposals of legislative changes for the next political season.
“We are presenting a whole package of proposals referring to various spheres of life. Their implementation would change the shape of our social life and to some extent would allow for solution of major problems,” Kaczynski said at a press conference.
PiS leader enumerated poor prospects for pension system, pro-family politics, unemployment, low level of health service, education and safety among the most important problems of Poland and said that the current government is not doing anything to resolve them.
Therefore, he added PiS will launch an offensive aimed at “building an alternative way of ruling the country.”
According to Kaczynski the changes should begin with public finances and tax system.
Changes to the tax law would include introducing single CIT and PIT law, that would reduce "interpretation risk" for the taxpayer. The new law would introduce largely simplified tax declarations. PiS also wants to increase tax allowances for families with children. Most of all, the new law would be investment-supportive, PiS leader said.
"And then, what is most important: it is supposed to be a pro-investment law, that is, shortly speaking, whatever a business invests is not taxed," he said.
In VAT, Kaczynski vowed not to increase the tax rate, but plans to make all businesses VAT tax payers.
The party also wants to introduce a temporary turnover tax on banks and large retailers as it claims those firms "by different methods" avoid reporting profits and hence paying income taxes.
Outside of the tax realm, PiS proposes a 10-year plan for fighting unemployment, apparently focused on smaller towns and villages.
PiS wants a return to the previous retirement age of 60 for women and 65 for men. The party also proposed conducting a referendum on dropping the capital-based pension system and switching to the "solidarity based" system.
In healthcare, PiS wants to dissolve the national health fund NFZ and switch to the budget financing of healthcare.