Long-run­ning lousy joke

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The fol­low­ing farce has been go­ing on for a num­ber of years: Of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments warn tax­pay­ers that they will not of­fer any spe­cial schemes for them to set­tle their tax ar­rears. They also tell them that there will be no dead­line ex­ten­sions for tax­pay­ers to sub­mit their an­nual in­come tax dec­la­ra­tions. A few days later, how­ever, the same of­fi­cials an­nounce that the com­plete op­po­site will ap­ply. In the end, those tax­pay­ers who strug­gle to pay ahead of the orig­i­nal dead­line end up feel­ing hood­winked, if not stupid. This farce must come to an end. Orig­i­nal dead­lines and an­nounce­ments must stand, oth­er­wise there will never be any sense of or­der, while Greek tax­pay­ers will never be­come tax con­scious.

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