Gov’t un­pre­pared for card pay­ments

Kathimerini English - - Focus - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

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.

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