Vassilis Papakonstantinou, a famous Greek singer that has been performing since the 1970’s, has come under criticism in the past day after news broke out that he received payment for performing in Greece through Bulgaria, allegedly for taxation reasons.
Papakonstantinou performed in the city of Xanthi in Northern Greece back in September 2015. However, Greek media report that the show’s organizers paid him 16,500 euros by depositing the money to a legal person or company in Bulgaira.
As Ethnos explains, Greek law directs that if the person to whom the payment is made to is Greek, the municipality of Xanthi must keep 20% of the payment which in this case is 3,330 euros. Instead, the newspaper reports, the municipality only kept 17 euros because the payment was made to a foreign European Union legal person.
A representative from Papakontstantinous’s camp, Mr. Patselas, told MEGA TV station that the singer has no involvement with payments and claimed Patselas has made a deal with another company and has been taxed for his income.