Char­ity NGO strug­gles to pay its taxes

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The Greek branch of SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages said yes­ter­day that prop­erty taxes and changes to its tax sta­tus have hit the re­lief ef­forts of the char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Gior­gos Pro­topa­pas, di­rec­tor of SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages Greece, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is not granted state sub­si­dies, was asked to pay 73,750 eu­ros in tax on prop­erty that does not gen­er­ate any rev­enues. Un­der new reg­u­la­tions, he said, the in­ter­est on do­na­tions is re­garded as profit and is thus sub­ject to a 26 per­cent tax, up from 15 per­cent.

The 3,500-year-old skele­ton of an an­cient war­rior ly­ing in a trea­sure-filled grave has been un­earthed by US archaeologists at the site of the Myce­naean-era Palace of Nestor near Py­los, in the Pelo­pon­nese, the Cul­ture Min­istry said yes­ter­day. He is be­lieved to have been a se­nior mem­ber of Py­los’ aris­toc­racy.

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