State debtor num­bers grew in Septem­ber

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ROULA SALOUROU & PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

Over 850,000 tax­pay­ers chose not to pay their taxes in Septem­ber in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the new pay­ment pro­grams the gov­ern­ment had an­nounced it would in­tro­duce. The new state debtors will be able to en­ter the 100tranche plan with a min­i­mum payable amount of 50 euros.

This is ex­pected to have an im­pact on the bud­get rev­enues in the com­ing months, which are of par­tic­u­lar con­cern to the Fi­nance Min­istry. Its data showed that in Septem­ber the num­ber of debtors soared by 35 per­cent, reach­ing up to 3,303,110 from 2,451,909 at end-Au­gust – i.e. an in­crease of 851,201 tax­pay­ers. The to­tal amount of debts to tax au­thor­i­ties and cus­toms came to 68.4 bil­lion euros, of which 51.77 were cre­ated up to end-De­cem­ber 2012 and the re­main­ing 16.67 bil­lion ex­pired from Jan­uary 1, 2013 to Septem­ber 30, 2014. Min­istry data also showed that no more than 187,000 debtors en­tered the pre­vi­ous two gov­ern­ment-pro­posed pay­ment pro­grams.

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