Polish supermarkets want turnover tax to hit foreign competition

Polish supermarket chains say the government’s proposed turnover tax needs major changes if it is to act as a weapon against foreign competitors dominating the Polish market. The eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party that won last month’s general election has not explicitly said that the new tax is meant to handicap Britain’s Tesco, France’s Carrefour and Auchan or Germany’s Kaufland and Metro, and other foreign players. The party has said the tax revenue will fund generous family benefits and a lower retirement age — campaign promises that helped it defeat the liberal Civic Platform (PO) party at the ballot box.

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