Tax sys­tem still in a mess

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I won­der what hap­pened to all those much-lauded plans to over­haul the coun­try’s tax sys­tem and make it sim­pler and less prone to gray ar­eas? In­stead of a new, stream­lined tax sys­tem that they have been promised so many times, cit­i­zens and ac­coun­tants in Greece to­day in­stead have been pre­sented with a slew of com­pli­cated di­rec­tives and de­ci­sions that not only make life much, much harder, but also hide many pit­falls as a re­sult of their com­plex­ity, es­pe­cially for those who are try­ing to stay abreast of reg­u­la­tions and ful­fill their com­mit­ments. Un­for­tu­nately, the staff at the Fi­nance Min­istry re­spon­si­ble for draft­ing the new tax code fol­lowed bad ad­vice and stuck to the usual path of com­plex­ity and loop­holes. It should come as no sur­prise that peo­ple are be­gin­ning to get very an­gry. Not only do they have to pay an in­creas­ing amount of taxes, but they are also hav­ing to at­tempt to nav­i­gate a bar­rage of new di­rec­tives and mea­sures.

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