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27 November 2019

Entrepreneurs from German-speaking regions are more frequently asking us about getting A1 certificates for their employees. Let us remind you that an A1 certificate is issued to confirm the social security legislation that applies to its holder. Therefore, this certificate is very important for all those who travel around the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland because of their professional commitments, e.g. expats.

13 June 2019

In previous posts, we presented a handful of basic information that may be useful for foreign investors planning to start their business in Poland. Undoubtedly, a crucial thing here is the the choice of the legal form of such business, as we discussed e.g.: here. The next big step on the way towards developing a business in Poland is to hire employees. This, in turn, involves an entire range of additional obligations for the employer, such as occupational health and safety, personal income tax and social insurance.

16 April 2019

Research shows, however, that Poland is among the leaders in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of the number of foreign direct investments and investment attractiveness. According to the Doing Business 2018 report, prepared by the World Bank and being one of the most comprehensive analyses of conditions of doing business, Poland ranks 27th in the world in terms of business-friendly environment.

15 March 2019

As promised earlier, I will try to present some practical solutions prepared by the German Desk Team of RSM Poland which make it easier for foreign investors, in particular entities from German-speaking countries, to start or expand their business in Poland in the context of complex and often changing legal and tax regulations.

28 January 2019

As business cooperation between Poland and Germany grows, there are more and more domestic entities that make and further enhance their strong presence on the market west of the Oder River, as well as more and more German companies that decide to launch or intensify their business operations in Poland.

What form do foreign investors choose for their business in Poland?

12 January 2017

As we are getting back to "normal" life after Christmas relaxation and New Year's Eve attractions, many of us are wondering what the new year will be like and what it will bring. At the same time we summarise the past year − what we did, what proved to be a success and what went wrong. On the occasion of this reflection, we cannot ignore that in many situations, including success in business, a major role is played by factors independent of the interested parties, such as legal conditions, the situation on the labour market, currency fluctuations as well as supply and demand in the industry. In this context, how was the year 2016 for foreign entrepreneurs who have decided to invest or continued their business in Poland?

3 October 2016

The old adage goes: "all good things come to an end soon". And, therefore, the holiday season draws to a close - we can feel it every day when we spend more and more time in traffic jams. We also receive more and more correspondence - both by post and by email. As it turns out, the increased activity is currently characteristic not only for business entities but also for tax authorities and tax audit bodies...

4 July 2016

Innovation is mainly understood as an element of technological development. Today's economy also requires an innovative approach to the consultancy services sector. And in fact this is nothing strange, as specialized knowledge, experience as well as their skillful use in order to create optimal solutions are the foundation of success of a majority of enterprises.

14 April 2016

The refund of tax on goods and services, and more specifically, returning the difference between input tax and output tax, is quite important for entrepreneurs, as it influences their decisions and business plans or sometimes even the financial liquidity of the company. It is a kind of paradox, as VAT should be a neutral tax for the entrepreneurs. It is not surprising that the majority of entrepreneurs want the VAT refund to be as quick as possible. The legislator, implementing (at least in my opinion) the principle of VAT neutrality, indicated in art. 87 par. 2 of the Act of 11 March 2004 on the tax on goods and services that in principle the refund of the tax difference shall be made within 60 days from the date of submitting the tax declaration by the taxpayer. However, the next sentence of the provision states that when the specified refund amount requires additional verification, the tax office may extend the above period until the process of verifying the declaration of the taxpayer, including inspection activities, tax audits or tax proceedings, has been completed.

22 February 2016

A questions is often asked on the topic of limiting costs in capital companies as to whether members of the supervisory board are entitled to remuneration on account of their function in the said company. Some will say that the work contribution or the time devoted to executing the duties of a supervisory board member (especially a small one), of a limited liability company are so insignificant that they do not substantiate the need for the payment of remuneration to them on that account. Is the above statement legitimate and is such a saving in fact profitable for the company?