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Opposition leader proposes new tax rate for richer Poles

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Peter Gentle 04.09.2013 16:17
Leader of Poland's largest opposition party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has told the Krynica Economic Forum that if Law and Justice (PiS) wins the next election he would introduce a new level of taxation for richer Poles.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski at Krynica Economic Forum: photo - PAP/Grzegorz Momo

Kaczynski told the delegates at Poland's most prestigious meeting of financiers, business people and politicians that he would introduce a new 39 percent tax level plus a new tax on financial transactions, which would be part of a 'new economic pact' in Poland.

The leader of Law and Justice said that the current government, lead by the centre-right prime minister Donald Tusk, has pursued policies which have harmed the social fabric of the country.

The state, said Kaczynski – who is to the right of Tusk on social issues but to his left on the economy – must regain its legitimacy.

"If the state is to fulfil its tasks, this legitimacy is needed," he said, adding that a well-functioning state is a prerequisite for the functioning of the market.

"We have to recognize that we need a certain solidarity, a balance […] between employers and workers and producers and consumers. Without this mechanism we are unable to create a well-functioning market,” Kaczynski said.

On Tuesday, on the opening day of the Krynica Economic Forum in southern Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who leads the Civic Platform/PSL coalition government, also proposed a change to Poland's tax system, though did not give details.

The forum is now in its 23rd year, with the three day event this year consisting of some 150 planned meetings and panel discussions devoted to changes influenced by the global crisis. (pg/ss)

source: PAP

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