ENFIA un­changed, back in Oc­to­ber

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By Oc­to­ber at the latest the new ENFIA prop­erty tax bills will be avail­able online with the first in­stall­ment payable by the end of the same month, Al­ter­nate Fi­nance Min­is­ter Try­fon Alex­i­adis said in com­ments to a Greek ra­dio sta­tion at the start of the week.

Alex­i­adis pointed out that the 2015 ENFIA tax has the same rev­enue tar­get as it did be­fore the new deal was reached with the coun­try’s cred­i­tors. This means the Fi­nance Min­istry will still aim to col­lect 2.65 bil­lion eu­ros even though SYRIZA had pledged to re­duce or scrap the tax com­pletely months ago.

The al­ter­nate min­is­ter stressed that ef­forts had been made to change the tax struc­ture dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions, but to no avail, and that the re­lief for cit­i­zens would not be as great as had been hoped for.

The value of as­sets on which the tax is cal­cu­lated will re­main the same. “We do not have time to change them in this tax year. In a sub­se­quent re­view, by 2016, we will ex­am­ine them all,” Alex­i­adis said.

The ENFIA tax will be payable in five in­stall­ments from the end

only

a

few of Oc­to­ber to the start of Fe­bru­ary 2016. The 20 per­cent dis­count for un­in­hab­ited prop­er­ties and those with­out elec­tric­ity re­mains.

The ex­emp­tion for prop­er­ties be­long­ing to the Greek Na­tional Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (GNTO) will be abol­ished, gen­er­at­ing an ad­di­tional 1.5 mil­lion eu­ros.

Alex­i­adis said there would be changes to the 2016 tax struc­ture to make it fairer and more pro­por­tion­ate. “Re­gard­ing prop­erty val­ues, we must pro­ceed to a sys­tem of real value in the in­ter­est of jus­tice as well as for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.”

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