and I really really wouldn't complicate stuff by involving the Polish tax office. They are a pain in the proverbial at every level.
Heh, pretty much every single time someone has mentioned a Polish government office they've warned me of the bureaucracy :)
I was able to open 2 businesses though, one as a registered sole trader and one as a limited company (as well as half a dozen bank accounts over the years) without being registered as resident
That's interesting actually as I'd consider opening a business here, but again I've been warned about the bureaucracy. In fact I have a friend here who wants to start a software business, but intends to open a company in the UK as he says in Poland they just assume you're trying to cheat them. Maybe works the other way round for foreigners starting a business?
you've probably figured out by now that Poland is a land of contradictions, conflicting advice and regulations, anomalies and surprises - most of them nice ones.
Superfast broadband and mobile networks, reliable tram systems, banks that treat you like royalty not peasants... I've found a few nice surprises already :)
If you are covered by British travel insurance
Thanks for reminding me, this time I've come without cover (apart from the basic European emergency cover), but it's something I'm aware I need to sort out. I'll presumably be better getting domestic cover, I'll go and speak to some insurers.
The fact that you have a flat (or 20 flats) in Poland does NOT make you a tax resident of Poland
I understand, I didn't think it would make me tax resident, I just wondered if it would affect whether I'd need to apply for temporary residency (which it sounds quite clearly I don't).