House speaker defends tax cut
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.