On 7 August, a group of seven inspectors representing the Customs and Tax Office in Łódź visited the domicile of the ODF’s accounting services provider. The inspectors retained documents concerning the Foundation’s taxable income and bank account statements for 2014-2016.
According to the inspector, the official purpose of the audit was to verify “reliability of the declared tax bases and correctness of calculations and settlements of the corporate income tax for 2014, 2015 and 2016“. The Foundation’s Board was not much surprised by the audit, since it had been announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after publication of a critical note on the proposed reforms of the judicial system in Poland by Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Foundation Board. Mr Kramek perceived such audit as part of a campaign instituted not only against ODF, but also against all NGOs which were critical of the government. The Foundation itself had nothing to hide and hoped that the inspectors would act professionally and remain independent from political pressures.
The audit carried out at the ODF has also been covered by Onet.pl.
- Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 21 July 2017 on the dismantling of the rule of law in Poland
- Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 23 July 2017
- The statement of the decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 24 July 2017 regarding the judiciary reform
- The Open Dialogue Foundation’s statement of 31 July 2017 (funding and donors, or a few words about ‘soroses’)