people get the NI number automatically when they're 15, or as a migrant just send off for it.
I had to go out in to the sticks and cue, wait, fillout forms and wait to get mine.
In Poland at least it's all in the city.
though the old bags at the tax office don't always know that
I find this a problem here sometimes.
Like Invoices, I can email you an invoice, it doesn't have to be stamped but try tell that to some people...
business. In the UK, you just write out a receipt or invoice and declare any income on your tax return. In PL you need permission to conduct economic activity, a REGON (a pointless thing if ever there was one), prior registration with ZUS, prior submission to the tax office, a bank account number and a registered trading address. Oh, and a rubber stamp, which you can only get made if you produce originals of all the documents.
This is a pain at first but once it's done, it's done, thank goodness.
Took me six months to open a bank account in England, takes me about 20 minutes here in Poland.
Polish bureaucracy has come a long way since I used to cue up for a visa but does need to be cleared up even more.
The one that nibbles my goat is the notaries and their non-commercial status.(has that recently changed? I heard something but...??)