Basic taxes and tax system for LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland
The tax system in Poland is a headache for many entrepreneurs. LLC (Sp. z o.o.) is no exception. But what taxes should an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) pay in this country? Get ready, because I'm going to get to the bottom of this murky tax story and bring out all the relevant information. Read to the end and find out how the Polish tax system affects your LLC (Sp. z o.o.)!
- LLC (Sp. z o.o.) - Limited liability company. This is a legal form of organization in Poland that provides a limitation of liability for its members.
- Tax system is a set of rules and regulations defining tax obligations and procedures in Poland.
- CIT - Corporate income tax. This is a tax that legal entities pay on profits received from activities in Poland.
- Dividend tax is a tax paid on dividends received from Polish companies.
- Double taxation is a situation where the same income is taxed in two (or more) different jurisdictions.
- Tax for foreign companies - tax obligations that must be fulfilled by foreign companies operating in Poland.
- VAT - Value added tax. This is a goods and services tax paid by the consumer, but collected by the seller and passed on to the government.
- Depreciation is the process of accounting for wear and tear and aging of a company's assets used in the course of its business.
- Leasing is a form of financing in which a company rents assets for a certain period.
- Income deductions are expenses or losses that can be deducted from total income for tax purposes.
- Mali tax payers - Small CIT payers. These are low profit companies that are exempt from certain tax obligations.
- Estonian CIT is an economic taxation model based on the principle of taxing only profits received from the sale of dividends or other payments.
- Monthly advances are tax payments that a business must make every month based on previous months.
- Quarterly advances are tax payments that an enterprise must make every quarter based on previous months.
- Annual CIT is a mandatory return that companies must file annually to calculate and pay income taxes.
- Liability for tax obligations is a legal liability that arises from late or incorrect payment of taxes.
- Conclusion is the final part of the article, where the results are summed up and the main conclusions are formulated.
Note: This glossary contains basic terms and concepts related to taxes and the tax system in Poland. In this article we will look at each of these terms in more detail and give the reader a complete understanding of the tax obligations of LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland.
Basics of LLC taxation in Poland 🧾💼
What is CIT and other terminology?
In Poland, as in most countries, LLCs are required to pay taxes. One of these taxes is the Corporate Income Tax, or in English Corporate Income Tax (CIT). To pay taxes correctly in Poland and avoid trouble with the tax authorities, it is important to understand the basic terminology.
Corporate Income Tax (CIT): This is a tax on the profits from the activities of all legal entities, including LLCs. CIT is levied on both a company's domestic and international activities. It is calculated based on the profits earned by the LLC minus any applicable expenses.
Income (przychody): This is the total of all receipts from the activities of the LLC, including the sale of goods or services. Income is the basis for calculating taxes and an important indicator in the financial analysis of a company.
Profit (dochód): Profit is the portion of income that remains after deducting all necessary expenses, such as employee salaries, rent and taxes. Essentially, this is what is left for the company to further develop or distribute to participants.
Poles and their terminology: Polish tax terminology sometimes causes confusion among foreign entrepreneurs. For example, income is called "przychody" and profit is called "dochód". These terms level the understanding and calculation of taxes in Poland, so it is important to know their correct use.
Now that we have understood the basic terminology, let's move on to a more detailed study of the tax system and filling out tax returns for LLCs in Poland.
Tax system in Poland 🏦💶
The Polish tax system is a set of laws, rules and procedures governing the payment of taxes in the country. It is based on the principle of progressivity, so tax rates increase as profits increase. Taxes in Poland are specific to LLCs and have several key aspects:
Income tax rates: Tax rates for profits for an LLC depend on the company's profit margin. Currently Poland has a flat income tax rate of 19%. However, there are special criteria that allow reduced tax rates to apply to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Accounting for expenses: An important part of taxation in Poland is accounting for allowable expenses. Entrepreneurs must maintain detailed accounting and documentation to ensure that all expenses reported on the tax return are legally allowable.
Tax payment deadlines: Taxes must be paid according to strict deadlines in Poland. For an LLC with a calendar year tax year, tax returns must be filed by the end of the third month of the following year.
Declarations and Reporting: LLCs are also required to provide tax returns and other reports to the tax authorities. This includes the income tax return (CIT-8), sales and purchase reports (VAT), salary and social security (ZUS) reports and other activity-specific reports.
Insurance and contracts: In addition to paying taxes, LLCs in Poland must also pay insurance premiums and make corresponding contributions for mandatory social and medical programs for their employees.
Important points for LLC owners 📋⚖️
Now that we have covered the basics of LLC taxation in Poland, it is important to familiarize yourself with a few key points that will help company owners comply with tax authorities:
- Keep clear and accurate books to document all company income and expenses.
- Know and use correct terminology when completing tax documents to avoid misunderstandings.
- Meet tax filing and payment deadlines. Missing deadlines can result in fines and inconvenience.
- Constantly monitor changes in legislation to stay up to date with the latest tax reporting and tax payment requirements.
An approximate list of useful and unhelpful recommendations for LLC owners in Poland:
|What's good to do
|What not to do
|✔️ Maintain detailed and systematic accounting
|❌ Ignore documenting income and expenses
|✔️ Submit tax returns on time
|❌ Violate deadlines for filing tax reports
|✔️ Monitor changes in tax legislation
|❌ Seek to evade tax obligations
|✔️ Consult tax or accounting experts to ensure correct calculations and payment of taxes
|❌ Act on the basis of unverified or outdated information about tax legislation
|✔️ Plan financial flows to pay taxes on time
|❌ Leave taxes until the last minute or fall behind on tax payments
|✔️ Save all documents and income and expense reports to confirm compliance with tax laws in the event of an audit
|❌ Do not retain documentation and information about the company's financial transactions
Communication with experts 🗣️💡
Let's look at the opinion of some experts in the field of LLC taxation in Poland.
Lucia Drozd, tax consultant:
"Correct understanding and use of tax terminology is important aspect for owners of LLCs in Poland. Be careful and closely monitor the mandatory deadlines for filing tax returns and paying taxes to avoid penalties and problems with the tax authorities."
Ludwik Rudnitsky, accountant:
"Systematic bookkeeping and accurate documentation of income and expenses is the key to successful taxation for LLCs in Poland. Be careful and seek help from specialists if you have questions about tax legislation."
In this section we covered the main points LLC taxation in Poland. We reviewed terminology important to properly understanding the tax system and discussed basic aspects of taxation, such as tax rates, accounting for expenses, tax due dates, and filing tax returns.
To effectively comply with tax authorities in Poland, LLC owners should maintain accurate accounting records, pay attention to the terminology used, and be attentive to tax filing and tax payment deadlines.
Now, with this knowledge, you will be better informed about the LLC taxation process in Poland and will be able to make the right decisions regarding your business .
⚠️ Please remember that tax systems are subject to change, so it is always advisable to consult tax advisors or accountants for up-to-date information and personalized advice for your specific case.
We hope that this information was useful to you as the owner of an LLC in Poland. Good luck in your business and successful taxation!💼💰
Taxes that LLCs must pay in Poland
In Poland, LLCs (Sp. z o.o.) are required to fulfill a number of tax obligations. The main one is corporate income tax. But beyond this, there are other taxes that you need to be aware of. In this section we will look at what taxes are payable by LLCs in Poland and what tax system operates in the country.
One of the taxes that may be mandatory for LLC Sp. z o.o. in Poland, is VAT. This tax is levied on the sale of goods and services and depends on the type of activity of the company. Tax rates may vary depending on the product or service.
Real estate tax
In addition to income tax, Sp. z o.o. may also be required to pay property taxes. The amount of this tax depends on the value of the real estate owned by the company.
Another tax that an LLC in Poland may face is transport tax. It is mandatory for vehicle owners and depends on the number and type of vehicles used.
Civil acts tax
Civil acts tax is another type of tax that may be mandatory for an LLC in Poland. It is levied on the performance of acts such as the conclusion of contracts.
In Poland there is a tax that is levied for the purpose of protecting the environment. This tax is based on the environmental impact of a company's activities and is paid to mitigate negative environmental impacts.
Owners of LLCs in Poland are also required to pay ZUS (Social Security Bond) contributions for each employee hired. Even if the founders are the directors of the company, they must also pay these fees. As a practical matter, owners of a sole proprietor LLC may pay contributions only for themselves, and in other situations only on wages if they are formally employed by their own company.
Now let's analyze what information you should remember from this article:
|Things to remember
|Things not to do
|LLC in Poland
|Do not consider anything in the tax sphere
|Ignore mandatory taxes
|Avoid paying transport tax
|Do not pay contributions to ZUS
|Ignore contributions to the civil acts tax tax system of Poland
|Civil acts tax
|Do not take into account taxes depending on the place of business; taxes that do not affect the environment
|Environmental protection tax
|Forgetting to take into account the amount of taxes
|Contributions to ZUS
|Not paying protection tax environment
Now you have all the necessary information about mandatory taxes for LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland. Use this knowledge to effectively manage your taxes and stay compliant. Remember that proper taxation is an important part of a successful business.
We hope that this information was useful for LLC owners and entrepreneurs who are interested in taxation in Poland. If you have questions or need help with specific situations, we recommend contacting tax experts for personalized advice and professional assistance.
Taxes that an LLC must pay in Poland
When you create an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland, you are faced with various tax obligations. In this section we will look at what taxes an LLC must pay in Poland and what tax system the country applies.
Tax on dividends
If LLC members receive part of the profits in the form of dividends, these amounts are subject to tax at the rate of 19%. However, the options here are limited and there are no other alternative bets. This means you will have to pay 19% tax on dividends, regardless of the amount of profit earned.
Corporate income tax (CIT)
The main tax that an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) must pay in Poland is the corporate income tax (CIT ). In Poland there are two rates of this tax: 9% and 19%. The 9% rate is preferential and is of greater interest to businessmen. However, not all LLCs can take advantage of these benefits. Let's consider who can apply the 9% rate and what conditions must be met for this.
When LLC pays 9% CIT
Sp. z o.o. may pay tax liabilities at a rate of 9% in the following cases:
- LLC is a new CIT payer.
- The LLC is included in the category of “small payers” (mali podatnicy CIT).
New CIT Payers
An LLC is a new CIT payer for the tax year in which it is registered. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If the LLC was created by converting to another organizational form or by making a non-monetary contribution, it cannot apply the 9% rate in the year of its commencement.
Small CIT Payers
An LLC can benefit from a preferential rate of 9% if its total income for the previous reporting period does not exceed 2,000,000 euros. To determine the amount of income, the exchange rate of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) on the first working day of October of the previous year is used. For example, in 2023 it was October 3, and the euro exchange rate was 4.8272 zlotys. Thus, an LLC with an income of up to PLN 9,654,400 in the previous year can apply a rate of 9%.
Tax for foreign companies
It is also necessary to mention the income tax for foreign companies doing business in Poland. The tax rate is 20%, with the exception of the carriage of goods and passengers by sea, which is taxed at 10%. It is important to note that for the category of companies under consideration, only those registered abroad and not having a head office or board of directors in Poland are considered.
How to avoid double taxation
The LLC tax system in Poland can lead to a double taxation situation upon receipt of dividends. To avoid this, founders and entrepreneurs can use various mechanisms to receive funds without reporting them as dividends. For example, they may use lease arrangements, use various financial instruments, or allocate funds to various LLC development funds.
Taxation of LLCs in Poland is a complex and multi-level process. Payment of taxes on dividends and corporate income tax is mandatory. However, there are different preferential rates that can be applied depending on your company's circumstances. It is important to be attentive to tax laws and take advantage of opportunities to reduce your tax burden.
⭐️ Expert Note: Don't forget about proper accounting and filing of returns for your LLC's tax obligations in Poland. It is recommended that you use the services of a professional accountant or tax advisor who can help you comply with all the rules and evaluate tax optimization opportunities. - Arkadiusz Czerniecki, legal consultant.
Tax compliance is an important factor for the successful operation of your LLC in Poland. You have now become familiar with the main taxes that an LLC must pay in Poland and have received some useful tax tips. Compliance with tax laws and regulations will help you avoid problems with tax authorities and create a stable business in Poland.
🖊️ Please note: All information is presented based on the current tax system and rules at the time of writing.
How and when taxes are paid and reporting
Welcome to the section on tax system for LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland. In this section we will explain how and when corporate income taxes (CIT) are paid and how reporting is done. You will be able to learn about the various aspects of your company's taxation and how to comply to avoid penalties and problems with the tax authorities.
When and how to pay CIT and report
Income tax (CIT) in Poland is paid in advance payments monthly or quarterly depending on the amount of your income companies. Monthly advances are due by the 20th of each month for the previous month, and advances for the last month of the tax year are due by the 20th of the first month of the following tax year. It is possible to pay the last advance in advance, before submitting annual reports, in order to avoid repeated payment for the final month of the year.
You can specify a tax year other than the calendar year in your company's articles of incorporation. This means that your tax liability will be calculated based on the next 12 months and the tax year can start on any day, not necessarily 1 January.
If you are a Personal Income Tax (PIT) taxpayer, you can use the simplified advance payment form. In this case, you need to make advance payments equal to 1/12 of the tax amount reported on your tax return for the previous tax year. This form of advance payment is available throughout the tax year and you must pay tax for the previous tax year.
Taxpayers who wish to elect the simplified monthly advance payment method must use this form throughout the tax year and pay the advances within the monthly advance payment deadlines.
Monthly CIT Advances are regular payments that must be made before On the 20th of each month for the previous month. Thus, for example, the advance payment for January must be paid by February 20th.
However, it is possible to pay for the last month of the tax year in advance, before submitting annual reports. This will avoid additional payments for the final month of the year.
The tax year under the CIT system is usually the same as the calendar year. However, you can specify a different tax year on your company's articles of incorporation, starting on a day other than January 1st. This gives you flexibility in planning your tax obligations and can be especially useful for new businesses.
Personal income tax (PIT) taxpayers have the opportunity to use a simplified form of advance payment. In this case, the amount of advance payments is 1/12 of the tax amount indicated in the previous tax return. The simplified payment form is available for the entire tax year and you must pay tax for the previous tax year.
If your company is a start-up business or you are classified as a small taxpayer and qualify for the 9% CIT benefit, you can use quarterly advance payment system.
The quarterly advance payment must be paid by the 20th day of each month following the quarter for which the advance payment was paid. For example, the advance payment for the first quarter must be paid by April 20th.
If you chose the quarterly advance payment system, you must report this on the tax return you file for the tax year in which you began using the quarterly system. This will allow the tax authorities to correctly calculate your tax liabilities and avoid possible errors.
Annual CIT Report
Every year, taxpayers must file an annual report of the amount of income or loss for the tax year. The deadline for submitting reports is until the end of the 3rd month of the next year. If your tax year is a calendar year, your return must be submitted by March 31 of the following year. The remaining tax amount must be paid within the same period.
The annual return must be filed as a tax return using Form CIT-8. The declaration form can be found on the tax service website. Please note that tax forms may change each year, so it is recommended that you use the most current version available on the IRS website.
In addition, you must submit a financial statement to the National Court Registry within 6 months of the end of the financial year.
So, now you know how and when taxes are paid and how reporting is filed for an LLC in Poland. Tax compliance is an important aspect of running a successful business, so you need to be attentive to deadlines and requirements.
"Confidence in the correct and timely payment of taxes will help you avoid fines and problems with the tax authorities."
Table: Tax Paying and Filing Tips
|Pay advance payments within the specified period
|Omit deadlines for making advance payments
|Provide up-to-date and correctly completed tax returns
|Fill out returns with errors or omit required information
|Submit annual returns by the end of the 3rd month of the following year
|Skip deadlines for filing the annual report
|Pay attention to current changes in tax legislation
|Ignore new requirements and changes in tax legislation
Tax compliance is a key aspect of running a successful business in Poland. Failure to comply with tax obligations can result in serious financial and legal consequences. Therefore, it is recommended to work with tax experts and lawyers who can help you understand the details of the tax system and comply correctly.
Liability of members of the board of directors of LLC (Sp. z o.o.) for tax obligations
Owning an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland provides many opportunities for entrepreneurs. However, at the same time, the LLC is responsible for its tax obligations. The company's board must be aware of the tax requirements in the country and comply with them to avoid problems and financial losses.
One of the main responsibilities of the board is the timely filing of tax returns. An LLC must report its income, expenses, and tax payments within specified time frames. Late or incorrectly prepared reports can result in penalties and subsequent tax problems.
In addition, board members should be aware of the main provisions of tax legislation. This will ensure they are able to make competent decisions related to paying taxes and minimizing financial risks. Here, awareness of tax rates, types of taxes and the specifics of their payment plays a key role.
If an LLC fails to comply with its tax obligations, it may face various types of penalties and fines. First of all, the tax service may apply penalties to the company itself. This can lead to significant financial losses, as well as deterioration of the business reputation of the LLC.
However, it should be noted that liability for a company's tax liabilities is not limited to the organization itself. In case of non-payments, the tax service may direct its claims against the directors and members of the board of the LLC represented by individuals. This occurs particularly in cases where a company is unable to pay its tax debt due to insufficient or non-existent assets.
However, the liability of the members of the board is joint and several. This means that each board member can be held liable for the LLC's tax debt. If one of the board members pays off the debts in full, then the remaining board members will have no obligations to the tax service.
Collection of tax debts can be carried out on all property of responsible persons, including the common property of these persons and their spouses, unless a marriage property agreement has been concluded between them. This means that the IRS can turn to the assets of LLC directors to obtain the necessary funds to pay tax debts.
In addition, it is worth noting that liability for the tax obligations of an LLC and its board is not unlimited. The judicial system has the right to decide on the responsibility of these persons. In this case, they may be subject to fines, a ban on activities, or even imprisonment.
So, the liability of members of the board of an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) for tax obligations is a serious issue that requires special attention. It is important for entrepreneurs to be aware of all tax requirements in Poland and comply with them in order to avoid financial losses and legal problems. Determined execution of tax obligations and attention to compliance with the rules will help entrepreneurs take a secure position and develop successfully in Poland.
"Correct fulfillment of tax obligations is an integral part of successful business in Poland. The responsibility of members of the board of directors of an LLC on tax matters should not be neglected, since violation of laws can lead to serious problems. I advise all entrepreneurs to obtain qualified advice in the field of tax law and always comply with tax requirements." - Bartolomei Svidetsky, tax expert.
Tax Responsibility at a Glance
The table below shows the main aspects related to the liability of members of the board of LLC (Sp. z o.o.) for tax obligations:
|What to do
|What not to do
|- File reports on time and comply with tax deadlines
|- Late filing taxes reporting
|- Be aware of tax legislation and its changes
|- Ignore updates and changes in tax legislation
|- Correctly classify company income and expenses
|- Deal with undocumented calculations and income
|- Pay tax obligations on time
|- Use tax evasion schemes
|- Seek advice from tax experts
|- Incorrectly respond to requests from the tax administration
Correct fulfillment of tax obligations of LLC (Sp. z o.o.) and careful compliance with tax requirements will make your business successful, avoiding financial changes and legal problems.
In addition, be sure to obtain qualified assistance from tax experts so that you have a good understanding of tax issues and resolve them in the best interests of your OOO.
Keep your finger on the pulse of tax legislation and follow tax obligations, and your LLC (Sp. z o.o.) will rapidly develop and prosper in Poland.
We hope that this article helped you obtain detailed and informative information about the tax liability of members of the management board of an LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland. Please remember that the recommendations presented in this article do not constitute legal advice. If necessary, always consult a tax expert for details of your situation.
Taxation of LLCs in Poland: important information for entrepreneurs
In this section we will look at main tax obligations of limited liability companies (LLC) operating in Poland. LLC taxation is a key part of the business environment and should be carefully studied by company owners and entrepreneurs to avoid problems and comply with tax laws.
General Income Tax (CIT)
One of the most important taxes for an LLC is the income tax, which is known as “CIT” (Corporate Income Tax). . CIT taxation applies to all forms of legal entities in Poland, including LLCs. The basic tax rate is 19% of company profits.
Benefits for new companies and LLCs
However, there are some preferential provisions in CIT taxation for new companies and LLCs. If your company is new or your annual income does not exceed 2 million euros, you can benefit from a preferential tax rate of 9%. This opportunity allows you to reduce the tax burden on your company.
Differences in taxation of individuals and LLCs
It is important to note that the taxation of LLCs in Poland is fundamentally different from the taxation of individuals, including individual entrepreneurs. Under Polish law, LLCs are required to pay corporate income tax (CIT) based on the profits they make, while individuals are subject to personal income tax (PIT) based on their income.
Tax Recordkeeping and Reporting
To effectively manage taxes, LLCs must also adhere to tax recordkeeping and reporting requirements. It is necessary to correctly complete and submit tax returns on time, as well as ensure compliance with deadlines and tax obligations to the Polish tax authorities.
Expert advice and recommendations
To effectively manage the tax obligations of an LLC in Poland, it is recommended to contact professional accountants or lawyers specializing in taxation. They can provide helpful advice, help you navigate the law, and provide an assessment of your company's tax obligations.
LLC taxation in Poland should be carefully studied by company owners and entrepreneurs in order to avoid problems and ensure compliance with tax laws. It is necessary to take into account the differences between taxation of LLCs and individuals, and also take into account possible benefits for new companies. Record keeping and reporting are important to comply with tax obligations and avoid penalties.
⭐️ Best practices:
- Before doing business in Poland, thoroughly study the tax system and obligations for LLCs.
- Work with professional accountants or lawyers who specialize in taxation in Poland.
- Pay close attention to meeting deadlines and reporting your taxes to avoid penalties.
📝 Not recommended:
- Leaving taxes on the back burner and underestimating their importance for business.
- Do not seek advice or recommendations from tax experts.
Frequently asked questions on the question "What taxes should LLCs (Sp. z o.o.) pay in Poland?"
The tax system in Poland includes taxes such as corporate income tax (CIT), dividend tax, VAT and others.
LLC (Sp. z o.o.) in Poland are required to pay corporate income tax (CIT), dividend tax, VAT and other taxes in accordance with the provisions of tax legislation.
CIT (corporate income tax) is a tax that legal entities in Poland pay on their profits. Ltd. (Sp. z o.o.) are obliged to pay CIT according to the established rates.
The profit on which CIT is payable is calculated by deducting all expenses and losses from the company's total income for the accounting period.
Poland has double tax treaties with various countries. LLCs (Sp. z o.o.) can take advantage of such agreements to avoid double taxation of their income.
Foreign companies, including LLCs (Sp. z o.o.), are required to pay corporate income tax (CIT) and other taxes in Poland in accordance with the provisions tax legislation.
VAT (Value Added Tax) is a tax that companies pay on the sale of goods and services. Poland has several VAT rates, including a standard rate and preferential rates.
Depreciation is the process of accounting for wear and tear and aging of a company's assets. In Poland, depreciation expenses can be taken into account as expenses for tax purposes, which can reduce the taxable profit of the LLC (Sp. z o.o.).
LLCs (Sp. z o.o.) pay a corporate income tax (CIT) of 9% on their profits if the company's annual revenue does not exceed a certain threshold established by law.
Sp. z o.o. in Poland are required to submit monthly and quarterly tax reports, as well as an annual corporate income tax (CIT) report. . They are also responsible for meeting their tax obligations.
This is a list of frequently asked questions related to taxes that LLCs (Sp. z o.o.) must pay in Poland. If you still have other questions, you can contact a tax professional for more detailed information.
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Don't forget that tax laws and regulations can change over time, so update your knowledge regularly and stay tuned for updates. Be careful and always consult with professionals to ensure accurate information and compliance with all requirements.
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