Many tax­pay­ers fail to pay 2014 road tax and 2012 prop­erty levy

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY SOTIRIS NIKAS

A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of tax­pay­ers have ne­glected their obli­ga­tions in re­cent months, lead­ing to a hole in pub­lic fi­nances that au­thor­i­ties are ea­ger to plug as soon as pos­si­ble.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles whose 2014 road tax has not been paid is more than dou­ble that for 2013, while elec­tronic cross­check­ing has re­vealed that over 1 mil­lion tax­pay­ers who own 1.6 mil­lion prop­er­ties have not paid the spe­cial prop­erty tax tagged on to elec­tric­ity bills for 2012, thereby cre­at­ing a hole of 400 mil­lion eu­ros.

Prop­erty own­ers who have not paid the tax on their as­sets will now need to do so by the end of this month or face a fine, while ve­hi­cle own­ers who have failed to pay their road tax will have to pay dou­ble the amount over the course of this year.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of Pub­lic Rev­enues, of the to­tal 7.5 mil­lion prop­er­ties con­nected to the elec­tric­ity grid, the spe­cial charge tagged on to power bills for 2012 has not been paid for 1.645 mil­lion prop­er­ties. Fur­ther­more, ac­cord­ing to sources,

by the Fi­nance Min­istry’s Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of Pub­lic Rev­enues show that au­thor­i­ties have col­lected 1.08 bil­lion eu­ros from 5.37 mil­lion road tax trans­ac­tions. some 200,000 ve­hi­cles have not had their 2014 road tax paid, com­pared with 95,000 ve­hi­cles last year. The data is­sued by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of Pub­lic Rev­enues showed that au­thor­i­ties have col­lected 1.08 bil­lion eu­ros from 5.37 mil­lion road tax trans­ac­tions.

The sec­re­tariat’s Elec­tronic Gov­er­nance Depart­ment has sent online re­minders to own­ers who have not paid their spe­cial prop­erty tax for 2012, ask­ing them to do so im­me­di­ately. Those who fail to pay up will suf­fer the con­se­quences of forced col­lec­tion – i.e. con­fis­ca­tion of in­come and bank de­posits or even as­sets and prop­er­ties.

The Fi­nance Min­istry also an­nounced yes­ter­day that prop­erty rental con­tracts will no longer be sub­mit­ted to tax of­fices but to the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of Pub­lic Rev­enues in elec­tronic form through the Tax­is­net web­site, just like in­come tax dec­la­ra­tions. The dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of rental con­tracts will be the end of the month af­ter the sign­ing of the lease agree­ment and sub­mis­sion re­mains com­pul­sory. Own­ers will be able to print the sub­mit­ted con­tract and use it as proof of sub­mis­sion.

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