House speaker de­fends tax cut

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Par­lia­ment Speaker Nikos Vout­sis yes­ter­day de­fended a pro­vi­sion that will see politi­cians pay­ing less for the so-called sol­i­dar­ity tax.

“This pro­vi­sion was part of the tax law that was pre­sented to Par­lia­ment and was not the re­sult of de­mands from MPs or other po­lit­i­cal staff,” Vout­sis said. He was re­spond­ing to crit­i­cism fol­low­ing re­ports that MPs last May ap­proved a pro­vi­sion re­duc­ing the per­cent­age of the sol­i­dar­ity tax with­held from the salaries of politi­cians. May’s pro­vi­sion over­turned a law passed in 2014 re­quir­ing politi­cians to pay 8 per­cent of their salaries in the spe­cial tax, which was in­tro­duced in 2011, bring­ing the levy in line with the 1-4 per­cent paid by reg­u­lar tax­pay­ers.

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