Au­thor­i­ties take 124 mln out of debtors’ bank ac­counts

Kathimerini English - - Focus - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

The In­de­pen­dent Au­thor­ity for Pub­lic Rev­enue last year con­fis­cated bank de­posits of state debtors to­tal­ing 124 mil­lion eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to data that Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ka­te­rina Pa­panat­siou pre­sented in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Over the course of 2016, the tax ad­min­is­tra­tion si­phoned off the de­posits of 188,226 tax­pay­ers with debts to the state. It also con­ducted 11 prop­erty auc­tions, of which four com­prised the debtors’ main res­i­dence. Eight of those auc­tions con­cerned prop­er­ties in At­tica and the other three were at Pella, in Cen­tral Mace­do­nia. The to­tal value of the as­sets auc­tioned came to 8.47 mil­lion, but their own­ers’ to­tal debts amounted to 42.7 mil­lion.

The au­thor­ity’s data re­veal that the state has re­sorted to com­pul­sory col­lec­tion mea­sures for 839,056 debtors in re­cent years, while an­other 1.65 mil­lion tax­pay­ers are at risk of suf­fer­ing the same fate. In other words, the state mech­a­nisms are about to get even more se­ri­ous in debt col­lec­tion this year as the govern­ment has to show a re­duc­tion in the ex­pired debts it is owed.

Last year tax­pay­ers cre­ated 13.9 bil­lion eu­ros of ex­pired debts to the state, tak­ing the to­tal ar­rears to the tax au­thor­i­ties and so­cial se­cu­rity funds to 95.3 bil­lion.

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