Tax­pay­ers face hefty in­come tax obli­ga­tion

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

The 1.9 mil­lion tax­pay­ers asked by the state to pay more tax this year than what has al­ready been with­held from their salaries and pen­sions last year are fac­ing a hefty bill av­er­ag­ing 1,336 eu­ros each. By the end of this month they will all have to pay the first tranche of the in­come tax, fol­lowed by pay­ments at the end of Septem­ber and endNovem­ber.

Fig­ures from the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for Public Rev­enues showed that un­til yes­ter­day 5.3 mil­lion dec­la­ra­tions had been sub­mit­ted to the Tax­is­net on­line plat­form, four days be­fore the dead­line of this Fri­day. This means that an­other 800,000 tax­pay­ers will have to file their state­ments by then, or 200,000 per day, a rate im­pos­si­ble for the plat­form to han­dle. The record fig­ure of state­ments pro­cessed in one day was on June 23, when Tax­is­net wel­comed 154,000 dec­la­ra­tions in 24 hours.

How­ever all signs point to the min­istry not of­fer­ing a sec­ond ex­ten­sion to the July 15 sub­mis­sion dead­line, hav­ing al­ready prompted ob­jec­tions from the country’s cred­i­tors for ex­tend­ing the orig­i­nal June 30 dead­line. Al­ter­nate Fi­nance Min­is­ter Try­fon Alex­i­adis stressed there will be no ex­ten­sion again, adding that tax­pay­ers have a choice be­tween mak­ing the dead­line and pay­ing a fine.

Mil­lions of square me­ters of farm­land around Greece will be­come non-build­able overnight un­less a clause of an En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry bill is amended. Prop­erty pro­fes­sion­als say farms up to 4,000 sq.m. out­side town plan­ning clas­si­fied as farms will lose the right for any struc­tures built on them.

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