Scrap school VAT, de­mand par­ties

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Fi­nance Min­istry of­fi­cials yesterday con­tin­ued to search for al­ter­na­tive mea­sures to the gov­ern­ment’s plans to add 23 per­cent value-added tax to pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion as pres­sure from op­po­si­tion par­ties grew for the mea­sure to be aban­doned.

New Democ­racy and Po­tami called yesterday on the care­taker gov­ern­ment that will be in­stalled to­day to is­sue a pres­i­den­tial de­cree scrap­ping the tax in­crease, which is pro­jected to bring in 168 mil­lion eu­ros this year and 250 mil­lion next year.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment was look­ing for al­ter­na­tive fis­cal mea­sures to the im­po­si­tion of VAT, which has prompted protests from the schools and par­ents. More than 100,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the tax so far.

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