The Ministry of Finance published the general VAT ruling (dated 28 September 2015, file No.: PT2.8101.1.2015.SJK.20) on the taxable base imported goods…
Tax Alert No 3/2015: Import VAT
The Ministry of Finance published the general VAT ruling (dated 28 September 2015, file No.: PT2.8101.1.2015.SJK.20) on the taxable base imported goods.
According to Art. 30b item 4 of the Polish VAT Act (Art. 86 sec. 1 p. (b) of the VAT Directive) the taxable amount of imported goods shall include also additional costs/incidental expenses such as commission costs, package, transport and insurance if they were not included in the customs value of goods incurred to the first place of destination within the territory of Poland as well as resulting from the transport to the other destination within the EU territory if this place is known at the moment of importation of goods.
There were doubts whether the taxable amount should be increased also by other additional costs which were not clearly mentioned in the article. The Ministry of Finance explained that the costs enumerated in the article are only examples of costs which should be included in the taxable amount. The Ministry of Finance underlined that the taxable amount for VAT shall cover also other charges directly connected with the transport of imported goods e.g. costs of loading, preloading and unloading of goods. In the case of costs incurred in harbours/terminals costs such costs would be THC fees (Terminal Handling Charges).
Independent Tax Advisers