A package of tax measures for 2020, which includes the reduction of the tax-free ceiling and a series of rate reductions, will shift the burden of 2 billion euros from about 500,000 taxpayers with a personal income of 22,000 euros or more per year to about 4 million people with takings between 7,000 and 22,000 euros/year from salaries, pensions or agricultural activity.
Taxpayers in Greece have been seeing their incomes shrink each year due to the taxes and social security contributions that employers and workers have to pay, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) data point to the growing deductions of crisis-riven Greeks, in contrast to the trend in other member-states.
Greece's conservative opposition Monday requested that the head of the country's anti-money laundering authority, Anna Zairi, appear before the Parliament's Institutions and Transparency Committee to respond to questions about the alleged scandal involving government aide Manolis Petsitis, as well as the reported dismissal of a senior official investigating the case.
The tax administration is embarking on a series of inspections of wealthy taxpayers and major enterprises. It is primarily targeting cases going back over the last three to five years that are of greater tax collection interest due to the size of incomes to be probed and the increased likelihood of dues payment.