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Individual - Deductions

Last reviewed - 13 July 2021

Employee expenses

Non-business expenses reimbursed by the employer are generally taxable for an employee.

Business travel costs, up to a certain limit, can be reimbursed without giving rise to a tax liability.

If school fees/home visits are paid for by the employer, then a taxable benefit arises for the employee.

Personal deductions

Charitable contributions

Donations may be deducted from gross income, subject to numerous conditions and up to the limit of 6% of taxable income.

Internet connection expenses

The relief of PLN 760 can only be used by those individuals who would like to take it for the first time in the tax return or already deducted internet expenses in the previous year only (and not in prior years). It means that it may be used only for 2 consecutive years.

Free of charge blood donation

A money equivalent (depending on the amount of blood you donate) may be deducted from the tax base, based on the special confirmation stamp in a blood donation book received up to 6% of the total income subject to progressive taxation.

Payments made to the individual insurance security account (IKZE)

Income deduction concerns payments made to the non-obligatory individual insurance security account (IKZE) by a taxpayer in a given tax year and cannot exceed the amount equal to 4% of the pension insurance assessment basis for the individual in a previous year, but not more than 4% of annual cap for pension and disability insurance

Rehabilitation expenses

The taxpayer has a right to deduct from the taxable base expenses for rehabilitation and expenses related to facilitating performance of life activities incurred in the tax year by a disabled taxpayer or a taxpayer supporting a disabled person (e.g. expenditures incurred for adaptation and equipment of apartments and residential buildings to meet the needs arising from disability; adaptation of motor vehicles to meet the needs arising from disability; purchasing and repairing of personal equipment, appliances, and technical instruments necessary for rehabilitation and facilitating performance of life activities, in accordance with the needs arising from disability, with the exception of household equipment). Aforementioned expenses should be properly documented.

Thermo-modernization relief 

Introduced from January 1, 2019 the relief gives the owners/ co-owners of a single-family residential building the opportunity to deduct from the tax base of expenses incurred in the tax year for building materials, equipment and services related to the implementation of the thermo-modernization project.

The total amount of the deduction cannot exceed PLN 53,000 PLN in relation to all implemented thermo-modernization projects in individual buildings of which the taxpayer is the owner or co-owner.

Deduction of social security contributions

Employee’s social security contributions can be deducted up to specified limits.

Under some conditions, it is possible to deduct obligatory social security contributions paid in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member state or in Switzerland from an individual’s taxable income.

Standard deductions

There is a standard deduction for employees. In most typical circumstances, it amounts to PLN 250 per month. The annual limit of tax costs from one's employment currently cannot exceed PLN 3,000. In the case of obtaining income from more than one employment relationship, the upper limit of costs amounts to PLN 4,500.

Deductible costs
Period Costs in 2020/2021 [PLN]
Monthly (one contract, local) 250
Monthly (one contract, commuters) 300
Yearly (one contract, local) 3000
Yearly (one contract, commuters) 3600
Yearly (multiple contracts, local) 4500
Yearly (multiple contracts, commuters) 5400

An individual doing independent work may claim various allowances, depending on the type of activities performed. In most typical situations, the standard deduction amounts to 20% of the revenue. The most favourable treatment relates to revenue from copyrights. As of 2018, the limit applicable to the 50% lump-sum, tax-deductible costs corresponding to remuneration related to creative activities has been increased. Currently, the limit amounts to PLN 85,528 per annum. The advantage applies only to those authors who derive income from certain specific types of activities, including, among others, creative and artistic activities in chosen areas, research and development, academic and scientific activity, audio-visual activity, or journalism.

Personal allowances

Personal allowances are provided as credits against PIT. See the Other tax credits and incentives section for more information.

Business deductions

Individuals running business activities as sole traders or partners in partnerships can deduct all expenses incurred in order to derive revenue or to ‘protect a source of income’. It should be noted, however, that there is also a list of items that are not deductible even if they meet the above general conditions. This list contains over 60 items, including, among others, the following:

  • Written-off lapsed receivables.
  • Entertainment cost.
  • Accrued but unpaid interest.
  • Accounting and comparable provisions.
  • Tax penalties and penalty interest.
  • Part of the insurance premium paid on a passenger car, the part calculated on the excess of the car value over EUR 20,000.
  • Part of the depreciation write-offs made on a passenger car, the part calculated on the excess of the car value over EUR 20,000.

Losses

The annual loss generated within a source of income cannot be set off against income generated from other sources. Instead, a taxpayer is entitled to carry such loss forward over the next five years from income derived from the same source; however, in any particular year, the taxpayer can deduct no more than 50% of the loss subject to the carryforward.