In­come earned abroad must be taxed abroad

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - IOANNA MANDROU

The job in­comeof thou­sands of Greeks who live and work abroad can only be taxed in the coun­try where it is earned, and not in Greece, even if their home and fam­ily are in Greece, ac­cord­ing to a cru­cial ver­dict is­sued by the Coun­cil of State, the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court, a few days ago.

The de­ci­sion has re­solved some sub­stan­tial prob­lems re­gard­ing tax domi­cile and the thou­sands of Greek peo­ple work­ing abroad in re­cent years, which have seen a con­sid­er­able out­flow of hu­man re­sources due to the eco­nomic cri­sis. It fol­lows a so­called pi­lot trial process aimed at the speedy ex­am­i­na­tion of a case that con­cerns many peo­ple.

It all started when a Ger­man na­tional ap­pealed to a Greek ad­min­is­tra­tive court, ar­gu­ing that he should not have to be taxed in Greece, where he lives with his Greek wife, on the earn­ings from his work as an ar­chi­tect in Ger­many. The tax au­thor­i­ties and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for Pub­lic Rev­enues had told him he had to file a com­mon tax dec­la­ra­tion with his wife, in­clud­ing all their in­come from any­where in the world.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive court re­ferred the case to the Coun­cil of State, which it ruled in fa­vor of the Ger­man, say­ing that fil­ing a com­mon dec­la­ra­tion does not mean he should be taxed in Greece for in­comes earned abroad.

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