In order to meet our Clients’ expectations we deal with a broad range of tax matters, offering advisory services and consultation on tax planning in relation to business activity in any form, together with personal tax liability optimisation for business owners and managers. We always take into account the specific nature of the industry in which our individual Clients operate. Our tax law experts assist Clients to take business decisions on the basis of full knowledge of any related tax risks and opportunities.
Ongoing advisory services
We analyse our Clients’ factual situation against the background of the current law, including the interpretations of tax authorities and the jurisprudence of the administrative courts regarding income taxes and VAT. We take care of the tax aspects of our business Clients’ financing and, in the event that tax regulations give rise to ambiguities, we develop a strategy and prepare draft applications for an interpretation of tax regulations by the Minister of Finance. We analyse agreements concluded by Clients so as to eliminate or mitigate against tax risks. Moreover, we advise on the liability of management board members and collective entities as regards income tax offences or other taxes offences, such as the tax on civil law transactions, real estate tax, excise, agricultural tax or inheritance and donation tax.
We support Clients during tax audits or proceedings. We represent them before local administrative courts and the Supreme Administrative Court.
Advice during restructuring or acquisition proceedings
Our advisory services aim to maximise potential benefits whilst simultaneously minimising tax costs – in particular in regard to mergers, acquisitions and divisions of business entities, privatisation and the acquisition or disposal of assets.
- Advising on a wide variety of personal income tax issues, including selection of the optimum manner of conducting business activity, the preparation of management, employment and service contracts, analysis of option plans (including management incentive plans) and expenses incurred by the employer on behalf of employees
- Advising on the liability of management board members and collective entities against tax crimes and offences
- Advising on other taxes, such as the tax on civil law transactions, real estate tax, excise, agricultural tax or inheritance and donation tax
- Assisting during tax proceedings and representing Clients before local administrative courts and the Supreme Administrative Court
In the 2017 Chambers Europe ranking, SSW was recognised in the Tax area. According to Chambers, the practice joined the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback. The SSW's tax team is popular with international companies and also assists Polish businesses with transactions and group restructurings with a focus on tax planning issues. Additionally, SSW represents private individuals and offers support in other jurisdictions as part of the TAGLaw network.
According to the ranking, the team receives particular praise for assisting with tax matters relating to restructurings that involve several jurisdictions.
The lawyers are described by clients as “very thorough and detailed” as well as “responsive and solution-oriented”.
Patrycja Goździowska was recommended in ranking as Up and Coming. According to Chambers she has recently entered the rankings as a result of a wealth of positive market feedback. She assists clients with tax issues related to M&A as well as company restructurings. According to clients "She provides innovative yet practical solutions, flexibly adjusting her advice to the changing background and client's expectations".
In the 2016 Legal 500 EMEA ranking, SSW was recognised the Tax area. The team of Patrycja Goździkowska was appreciated for providing tax advice to a furniture company in the process of acquiring shares in another company from the same industry. Patrycja Goździkowska and Tomasz Wickel were noted as recommended lawyers. Tomasz Wickel was considered the key player in the team led by Patrycja Goździkowska.
In the 2015 Legal 500 EMEA ranking, SSW was recognised the Tax area. The team led by Patrycja Goździkowska was appreciated for their client focus and approaching matters with utmost care as well as expertise in restructuring projects and audits. Tomasz Wickel was, in turn, valued for his exceptional flexibility, knowledge and experience in client relations.
In the 2014 Legal 500 EMEA ranking, SSW was recognised the Tax area. The tax team was appreciated for impressive knowledge of tax questions, and Patrycja Goździkowska and Tomasz Wickel were included among recommended lawyers.