Restau­rants, plumbers etc to take plas­tic

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Plumbers, elec­tri­cians, bars, restau­rants and cafe­te­rias are among the pro­fes­sional groups that will be forced to in­stall card ter­mi­nals and start ac­cept­ing credit and debit card pay­ments by the end of June.

The in­stal­la­tion of the ter­mi­nals will be con­ducted in three stages, with the first phase to be com­pleted at the end of June, the sec­ond at end-2017 and the third at the end of June 2018, ac­cord­ing to state­ments by Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ka­te­rina Pa­panat­siou.

The pro­fes­sional groups which will be obliged to have card ter­mi­nals will be de­ter­mined through a min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion that will be is­sued in the next few days, Pa­panat­siou added yes­ter­day, speak­ing on An­tenna TV. She said there would be no such obli­ga­tion for kiosks, small gro­cery stores etc.

Com­pound­ing the con­fu­sion over receipts, Pa­panat­siou told tax­pay­ers to hold on to their pa­per receipts in or­der to be able to prove their trans­ac­tions in case their bank misses some­thing out from the data it will for­ward to the In­de­pen­dent Author­ity for Pub­lic Rev­enue. She did add how­ever that this will not be com­pul­sory. Peo­ple over the age of 70, and some other cat­e­gories, are ex­empt from the obli­ga­tion to make card trans­ac­tions to qual­ify for an in­come tax dis­count.

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