Important tax changes, including: Corporate Income Tax (CIT) for limited partnerships, introduction of the so-called Estonian CIT – from 1st January 2021
17 December 2020
17 December 2020
The Polish President has signed two amendments to income tax laws adopted by the Sejm, which provide, amongst others, for the CIT treatment of limited partnerships and introduction of the so-called Estonian CIT.
The amendments will enter into force on 1st January 2021.
Important: The new taxation laws for limited partnerships will come into force on 1st May 2021. In this case, the company may extend its fiscal year and close its books only on 30th April 2021.
Below getsix® present the main assumptions of the introduced changes resulting from the change in the laws:
The most important changes introduced by the law include:
The law provides for two alternative solutions, i.e., a lump-sum/flat rate taxation on the income of capital companies (so-called Estonian CIT) and a special investment fund, enabling faster settlement of fixed asset depreciation.
A capital company in which only natural persons are shareholders may be subject to lump-sum/flat rate taxation on the income of capital companies. In addition, the income of such a company may not exceed the threshold 100 million PLN, and the company must employ, on the basis of an employment contract, at least 3 people who are not shareholders of the company. The essence of this solution is to postpone the collection of tax until the moment of payment of profits from the company.
Covering the scope of the CIT law of limited partnerships having their seat or management board in the territory of the Republic of Poland and general partnerships having their seat or management board in the territory of the Republic of Poland, if the partners of the general partnership are not exclusively natural persons and the partnership fails to fulfil its information obligations:
The income generated by the company will be applied:
Taxation of general partners
As a rule, the profit paid to the general partner will be subject to a lump-sum/flat rate income tax of 19%. However, the general partner will be able to reduce their tax due by a pat of the CIT paid by the limited partnership in accordance with its share in the profit of the limited partnership. This ensures that their tax burden will continue to be compared to that of partners of tax-transparent companies (which are not CIT taxpayers).
Exemption for limited partners
An exemption of 50% of the revenue obtained by the limited partner is provided for limited partners, but not more than 60,000.00 PLN per year. However, for a limited partner to benefit from the exemption, a limited partner must meet a number of conditions. In particular, the application of the exemption excludes:
Taxpayers will still be able to deduct the amount of the relief from income tax, but not exceeding 1360.00 PLN.
Increase of the revenue limit for CIT taxpayers to apply a 9% tax rate from EUR 1.2 million to EUR 2 million.
Increase of the revenue limit determining the possibility of taking advantage of the lump sum on recorded revenue (from EUR 250,000.00 to EUR 2 million).
If you have any additional questions about tax or require further information, please contact your relevant contact person who will forward your enquiry to the department:
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