Tax of­fi­cial re­fuses to quit over charges

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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.”

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