Polish gov’t backs tax exemptions for young
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish government on Tuesday approved plans to make people under 26 exempt from paying personal income tax.
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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the move aimed to encourage young people to stay in Poland rather than heading abroad in search of work, and to improve their prospects.
He added: "I can make a commitment that the no. 1 priority for the government will be for Poland to be an increasingly friendly and good place to work and live for young people, so that their prospects are better every year."
Poles, especially the young, headed abroad en masse in search of better paid jobs as Western labour markets opened up to them after Poland joined the European Union in 2004.
The conservative government earlier this year announced an ambitious new set of spending pledges.
The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party in February announced an expansion of its flagship 500+ child benefit programme, in addition to a string of other promises.
Among the pledges were also additional benefits for pensioners and more bus connections to smaller cities.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the time that the total cost of the party’s new pledges was estimated at PLN 30 billion to PLN 40 billion.