Radwańska Taxed

Agnieszka Radwańska

Agnieszka Radwańska

Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska earned $2 million in prize money when she won the WTA Masters tournament in Singapore, considered to be the unofficial world championships. However, not everyone was happy with her success. Pre-parliamentary elections, some left-wing commentators in Poland wished to see her pay higher taxes for the amount she earned. Radwańska’s prize money soon created a storm on the internet. And it all began with a post written on Twitter by Robert Gwiazdowski from the Adam Smith Centre. He ironically suggested that if Radwańska earns so much of money, then analogically she should pay 70% tax on this amount. Gwiazdowski was referencing the opinions of the left wing party ‘Razem’ (Eng. Together). His comments, however, soon met a swift response from Piotr Szumlewicz, a left wing publicist and expert for the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ). Later, both commentators attacked each other via Twitter. Szmulewicz further explained that the 70% tax does not relate to total revenue but would apply only if income exceeded PLN 500,000. Gwiazdkowski replied, however, that Radwańska had already long since surpassed this threshold.


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