Min­istry puts off de­mand­ing tax re­forms

Kathimerini English - - Focus - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

The Fi­nance Min­istry is opt­ing for a one-month de­lay in the sub­mis­sion of a tax bill that will con­tain the dif­fi­cult changes to in­come tax­a­tion and the rise in tax rates for farm­ers.

Although the third bailout deal pro­vides for the mea­sures to be im­ple­mented within Oc­to­ber, the min­istry is read­ing the new pro­gram in a dif­fer­ent way and in­tends to ta­ble the hard bill just be­fore the fi­nal draft of the 2016 bud­get.

In­stead, the min­istry will ta­ble a milder tax bill in the first half of this month that will in­cor­po­rate the ex­ten­sion of 11,500 cases close to their statute of lim­i­ta­tions, the new clauses on the vol­un­tary rev­e­la­tion of un­de­clared in­comes by taxpayers, and the de­tails of the as­set reg­istry (“Pe­ri­ousi­olo­gio”).

Changes to the Fi­nan­cial Crime Unit (SDOE) will also be post­poned by 15 days, with its staff set to be trans­ferred to the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for Public Rev­enues, along with the cases they are han­dling.

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