Zero VAT on food. The Prime Minister’s bitter words against the opposition

Zero VAT on food.  The Prime Minister's bitter words against the opposition

The draft law on zero VAT on food in the first half of 2024 is ready, but the new parliamentary majority has a problem with its adoption because it is authored by our government, says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a video posted on social media. As the head of government states, Poles will pay for this approach in stores.

On November 20, Law and Justice MPs submitted to the Sejm a draft amendment to the Goods and Services Tax Act, which assumes the extension of zero VAT on food from January 1 to the end of June 2024.

Morawiecki criticizes the opposition regarding zero VAT on food

Today, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki posted a video on social media in which he states that although the act on extending zero VAT on food is ready, the new parliamentary majority “has a problem with adopting it because it is authored by our government.

– He comes up with various explanations, for example that we did not provide money for this in the budget. This is of course not true, because the money is there. Poland’s budget is in very good condition – emphasized the head of government. – In recent years, we introduced zero VAT on food by regulation and no one complained. But if someone is looking for excuses, they will always find them. Like the ballerina from the famous proverb – added.

The recording quotes a recent statement by a member of the Civic Coalition and candidate for Minister of Finance, Andrzej Domański, who admitted in an interview for Radio Zet that, in his opinion, VAT on food should return to 5%.

– So, as usual, they simply don’t want this solution. Unfortunately, Poles will pay for their approach at the checkouts of their local shops and supermarkets – concluded Morawiecki.

Introduced in February this year. the zero VAT rate on food (including meat, fish, dairy products, vegetables, fruit) was supposed to provide relief for Poles during high inflation (a record 18.4 percent was recorded at that time). It is estimated that due to the introduction of zero VAT on food, approximately PLN 8.5 billion remains in Poles’ pockets.

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