Saturday, October 07, 2006

Polish government punishes charitable givers

Warsaw, Poland October 7, 2006. The Polish Government discourages charity. Furthermore, the Polish Government punishes those who try to feed the poor.

By way of example, if you own a bakery in Poland and at the end of each day you have excess production, the Polish Government expects that you destroy that production and not give it to Poland's poor people or an organization such as a church charity.

You are expected to fill out a form that shows that you destroyed the excess production. If you do not destroy the excess production, you must pay the value added tax on that excess production.

If you give the excess production to a church charity, or put it out for the poor to eat, you must pay value-added tax.

And if the Polish tax office catches you feeding people, you will be penalized for not paying that tax.

This is exactly what has happened to a Polish Baker who at the end of each day gave his production to the local church and to others who would distribute food to the poor.

His tax bill is very high and he cannot pay it. His customers have abandoned him because they are afraid that if they have anything to do with him the tax office may pursue them.

The man is now on the social welfare rolls. He does not have money to pay the tax. He is waiting for the government to take his assets.

What is the solution that the tax office recommends for this?

Today it is reported in the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza that someone in the tax office said that the man caused his own problems. He should have just filed a false destruction report.

Or, as one Catholic Priest said, farmers dump loads of potatoes at his church at night and do not want to be contacted or thanked. Make your charitable donations on dark, cloudy nights when there is no danger of the moon shedding light on your good will.

The Polish Government does not want private people to help the poor. It wants a monopoly on providing social services so that it can show the people how it is taking care of the people.

Should private people or private business start helping the poor, the social programs promoted by the government may not be as important and government bureaucrats may find themselves with less work and fewer excuses to tax the businesses to provide social benefits.

The baker has to pay about $40,000 in taxes for helping the poor. Shame on him for helping people. The Fourth Republic Of Poland does not allow you to do this unless you pay a tax for the right to do it.