The year 2016, in financial aspect, will be good for the inhabitants of Warsaw. Next year, local tax rates from 2014 will be valid, and in some cases, the rates will be even lower. Capital city merchants, on the other hand, will be relieved thanks to cancellation of the market fee.
For two years, rates of taxes on real estate and means of transport in Warsaw have been at the same or lower level. For instance for 1 sq. m. of the apartment's usable area, we will pay the same as in 2014 and 2015, i.e. 0.74 PLN. A favourable change is experienced by the owners of real estate meant for purposes related to business activity, e.g. utility premises. Next year, for each sq. m. they will pay 17 gr. less than in the present year (i.e. 22.86 PLN/sq. m). Tax on real estate meant for public benefit activities would be 7.68 PLN/sq. m, i.e. 5 gr. less than in 2014 and 2015
In 2016 for a truck with the permissible total weight of more than 3.5 tons up to 5.5 tons inclusive, we will pay 545.00 PLN and for a bus with 30 or more seats - 1 209 PLN. Owners of two-year or newer cars can count on lower rates – the tax, similarly as last year, will be accordingly 490 PLN for a truck and 1 088 PLN for a bus. In the capital, ecological means of transport are awarded with a bonus – for a truck, the tax will be 327 PLN and for a bus 725 PLN.
In the past years, rates of taxes on the real estate, as well as on means of transport were growing by a specific inflation rate. Maintenance or reduction in the rates for two years in a row is related to deflation.
Local merchants without fees
From 1 January 2016 the city resigns from collecting the market fee, which last year constituted 0.036% of budgetary income. It is meant to provide support and development of marketplace trade as a form of family and local business. The market fee is charged on everyone conducting sales at marketplaces located beyond buildings. Sample rates of such a fee amount to 8 PLN per 1 day of sale of groceries and industrial supplies in zone I from a fixed stall, and 12 PLN from a vehicle up to 3.5 tons.
How is the income from local taxes used?
Tax on real estate is a significant item in the budget of the city and amounts to approx. 9% of the city income. Together with the tax on means of transport, it reaches the budget of the Capital City of Warsaw. This money comes back to the inhabitants of Warsaw in the form of better roads and crossroads, bicycle paths, new buses, trams and subway cars, a wide cultural, educational and health of or well-maintained parks, long story short – a better functioning city.