Poland’s leading pay-TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has decided to appeal against a tax liability demand of PLN24.2 million (€5.8 million).
In a statement, it says that it relates to uncollected withholding corporate income tax in 2012, increased by interest on tax arrears. Cyfrowy Polsat adds that the demand was made on February 15 by the head of the Malopolska Customs and Tax Office in Krakow (“Tax Authority”).
The Tax Authority challenged the company’s right to an exemption from the obligation to withhold income tax on certain interest payments effected in 2012.
Cyfrowy Polsat says that the decision is neither final nor enforceable.
It will appeal against the decision of the Tax Authority on the basis of possessed opinions issued by renowned entities. At present, Cyfrowy Polsat does not intend to create any provisions encumbering its financial results.
Significantly, the Tax Authority is also looking at the years 2013 and 2014. This could result in an additional demand of PLN35 million, increased by interest on tax arrears.
Separately, the Polsat Group has announced that its Q4 2017 results will see an increase in the value of the item “Deferred income tax liabilities” in the consolidated balance sheet as at December 31, 2017 by around PLN 144 million.