Tax official refuses to quit over charges
The head of Greece’s General Secretariat for Public Revenue, Katerina Savvaidou, yesterday refused to resign over two cases of alleged breach of duty, which she called “groundless” and said she would submit written responses to the charges to a prosecutor by next Monday.
Savvaidou rebuffed the charges in a long written statement yesterday after briefly facing prosecutor Yiannis Dragatsis over two charges; one concerns a decision to review a fine of 78 million euros imposed on an IT firm, while the second involves the extension of the time that television channels had to pay a special tax on advertising revenue.
Last Friday, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos asked Savvaidou to resign over the charges. Savvaidou refused and reiterated her stance yesterday. Yesterday, Savvaidou rebuffed both charges, claiming that neither of the two actions she is being prosecuted for resulted in losses to the state. As regards the tax on TV advertisements, she said the decision related to an extension of the deadline for payment and was not a suspension of the fine. As for the review of the fine, she said it did not revoke the firm’s obligation to pay up.
Savvaidou said she would not step down as her resignation could turn the secretariat into "a frightened tax administration that cannot fulfill its purpose.”