Changes to be made to COVID-19 stimulus package

During its upcoming sitting, Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, will work over the amendments to the stimulus package imposed due to the pandemic of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and the economic crisis that struck a significant part of the Polish economy.

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Among the modifications that are expected to be included in the amended package are the new rules of idle time benefit. Currently, self-employed, who are simultaneously hired on a job contract or civil contract could not apply for such benefits. New regulations allow people in this situation to apply for the benefit trice.

Entrepreneurs will be also allowed to apply for PLN 2,500 (EUR 555) per employee without the necessity of having to cover them for idle time or cut their salary.

On the other hand, the proposed changes also include a possibility to cut the working hours of an employee and decrease their salaries for up to 12 months.

The entrepreneurs will be able to use tax reliefs in case of losses during the pandemic, which led to thedebt being incurred.

The package was imposed after the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Poland, which resulted in an economic crisis. Many companies had to limit or cease their activities, depriving entrepreneurs and their employees of profits.

As of May 20, Polish companies have received PLN 42.8 bn (EUR 9.3 bn) from the governmental stimulus package, the Development Ministry announced in a statement.