If you want to establish a presence in the European Union (EU), Poland is an excellent place to do so. The country uses its own currency — the Polish zloty (PLN) — but has a hiring and onboarding process similar to other EU countries.
Taxation rules in Poland
Employers have multiple taxation laws to follow in Poland. Companies must register all employees with the Social Security Bureau within 7 days of their first day of work. Employers may contribute as much as 22.14% of the employee’s monthly gross remuneration to social security, while employees contribute 13.71% and 9% to health insurance.
Employers also have to pay 2.45% of the employee’s monthly gross pay to Poland’s Labor Fund as well as 0.1% to the Guaranteed Benefits Fund. Both relate to unemployment benefits and are separate contributions from social security. There is an annual cap on pension and disability contributions collectively for employers and employees. The 2023 total amount was PLN 208,050.
Poland payroll options for companies
Since every company differs based on what they do and how they operate, they should choose the Poland payroll option that works best for them. The choices include:
- Internal: If you run a larger company with more resources, you may choose to establish Poland payroll at your office. This option requires more money and time to hire a separate team that handles payroll.
- Poland payroll processing company: Businesses with limited time to establish and run Poland payroll can outsource with a local company in Poland. However, in principle you’ll remain responsible for all matters of liability.
- G-P: For a simplified, compliant payroll option, you can choose to partner with a global EOR like G-P. Our robust team of legal and HR experts help streamline international payroll setup and management, so you can focus on other important aspects of growing your global teams.
How to establish payroll in Poland
Employers need some required information from employees to establish their Poland payroll. Companies must get an employee’s pension details, qualifications, PESEL number, and postal address before adding them to payroll.
Employers must complete separate tax registration requirements to start running payroll. They must register employees with Poland’s Social Security Institution (ZUS).
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