The deposits of Greek enterprises and individuals on the various lists of suspected tax dodgers given to Greek authorities add up to more than 10 billion euros, yet the tax evasion identified amounted to just 919 million euros (including the fines imposed), with only 107 million flowing into state coffers over the last three years.
Despite reactions, the state is planning to confiscate salaries, pensions, bank accounts and property assets from 1 million taxpayers during 2018, according to the business plan of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, which was published on Thursday.
This also provides for the simplification of procedures for opening and emptying state debtors' safe deposit boxes.
The Independent Authority of Public Revenues is planning to reduce the number of tax offices operating in Attica, Thessaloniki and Patra with a series of mergers.
The total number of tax offices around the country will be trimmed down from 115 to 97, while the 289 surplus employees arising from the scheme will be absorbed into the agency's auditing service.
A circular issued on Tuesday by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue offers taxpayers the chance to settle their dues to the tax authorities in up to 12 installments, be it for one non-expired income tax installment or their entire annual dues that would normally be paid in three tranches every two months.
The Finance Ministry and the Independent Authority for Public Revenue are moving ahead with the immediate launch of fresh inspections on uninsured vehicles in Greece, which number an estimated 600,000, the president of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (EAEE), Dimitris Mazarakis, said on Tuesday.
The Independent Authority for Public Revenue confirmed on Friday in a circular that property auctions for debts to the state will officially start on May 1.
The authority has decided that starting prices will be based on the commercial value of the asset to be auctioned, and that they will be determined by independent surveyors.
Taxpayers' total overdue debts to the state soared to a record 101.8 billion euros at the end of December, in a clear indication that society's taxpaying capacity is at breaking point due to overtaxation.
In December alone, when 2018 road tax and an installment of the Single Property Tax (ENFIA) came due, new expired debts amounted to 1.3 billion euros.