No more new taxes

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

No coun­try or so­ci­ety can sur­vive with­out hope. Here in Greece, the peo­ple have been fight­ing for sur­vival for the past few years and liv­ing very fru­gally be­cause they un­der­stand the prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties. But, there is a line be­yond which they can­not with­stand any more cut­backs and new taxes. A large por­tion of so­ci­ety has al­ready crossed this line and is now in dire need of at least an in­di­ca­tion that the ad­di­tional taxes we are paying now will be the last ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures. The government is cur­rently on an im­por­tant cusp. On the one hand, it has the ex­tremely dif­fi­cult task of ex­e­cut­ing a bud­get that fore­sees rev­enues from ad­di­tional taxes on prop­erty. On the other hand, though, it has proved in­ca­pable so far of crack­ing down on tra­di­tional types of tax eva­sion at the same time as poverty and fi­nan­cial strife are giv­ing rise to new ways to avoid paying taxes and new ways of smug­gling goods into the coun­try. The ex­ces­sive tax­a­tion of real es­tate as­sets will have a huge im­pact on a large part of the pop­u­la­tion, and es­pe­cially on ci­ti­zens who try to be cor­rect in their com­mit­ments, those who rep­re­sent the real back­bone of this coun­try and its econ­omy. An­other pa­ram­e­ter is that on a daily ba­sis, ci­ti­zens face in­dif­fer­ence or even out­right rude­ness from tax of­fi­cials, hospi­tal work­ers and other civil ser­vants tak­ing their own griev­ances out on their work. Peo­ple see that even though they are asked to pay more taxes, the ser­vices they re­ceive get worse rather than bet­ter.

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