Gov’t unprepared for card payments
The Finance Ministry appears to have been caught napping as regards the implementation of the new law concerning electronic transactions, and taxpayers are yet to learn which receipts will count toward their tax discount this year, what will happen with medical expenditure and whether they still need to collect paper receipts.
The ministerial decision to that effect has not been issued, but even when it is, the online system recording transactions will probably not be ready to go into operation and the first month of the year may well be lost.
The ministry’s competent agency will need to hold talks with the banks, which are supposed to send each taxpayer’s expenditure details to the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, and possibly by February the application will be ready for taxpayers to be able to log in and monitor their plastic money transaction records.
Professionals are also awaiting clarifications on the business accounts they have to declare to banks that will be linked to their card terminals. Taxpayers are waiting to find out which forms of spending will be exempt, while it remains to be seen when the announced prize draws will begin.
Athens International Airport enjoyed its best year ever in 2016, as it served a total of 20.02 million passengers, adding 1.9 million passengers to its traffic from 2015, or 10.7 percent year-on-year. December 2016 fared even better, with a 14.3 percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier.
The Finance Ministry must inform taxpayers as to which receipts count toward the tax discount.