Big shake-up in pipe­line for tax of­fices

Kathimerini English - - Business & Finance - BY PROKOPIS HATZINIKO­LAOU

AFi­nance Min­istry re­port aimed at im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency of the coun­try’s rev­enue col­lec­tion ser­vices pro­poses the shut­ting down of 213 tax of­fices in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

From the map of tax of­fices out­lined by the study, it is ob­vi­ous that the sys­tem’s struc­ture is dis­torted.

In a num­ber of cases, tax of­fices were not set up where they were needed ac­cord­ing to a strate­gic plan, but rather in or­der to please lo­cal lobby groups.

The cash-strapped gov­ern­ment plans to put its new plan, which in­volves keep­ing 75 tax of­fices op­er­at­ing across the coun­try, into ef­fect as of July. Apart from Attica and Thes­sa­loniki, there will be one tax of­fice per pre­fec­ture with the rest be­ing shut down. Tax em­ploy­ees will be re­quired to move to their pre­fec­ture’s largest city, which is where tax of­fices will be lo­cated. Ac­cord­ing to the study, Attica will be home to 20 tax of­fices, with an­other six in Thes­sa­loniki. There will be a to­tal of 49 more tax of­fices through­out the coun­try.

As spec­i­fied by the re­port, there will be no trans­ac­tions with tax­pay­ers com­pleted at each larger tax of­fice. All deal­ings with the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the sub­mis­sion of tax re­turns, will be com­pleted at ex­ist­ing cit­i­zen in­for­ma­tion cen­ters (KEP) or elec­tron­i­cally via the In­ter­net.

Pay­ments will only be made at banks.

Among its ef­forts to free up tax em­ploy­ees for more efficient tasks, the min­istry also plans to up­grade its In­ter­net op­er­a­tions by 2012.

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