One in Four Greek Taxpayers Unable to Meet Their Tax Obligations



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One in four Greek taxpayers were unable to pay the first installment of their income tax, mainly as a result of the dramatic drop in their income as a consequence of over-taxation. Data from the Greek Ministry of Finance shows that Greeks were unable to pay 272 million euros worth of taxes leaving a “hole” in Greek state coffers and concern among the country’s economists as to whether Greek households will manage to deliver 21.4 billion euros worth of taxes (direct and indirect) by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, the shrinkage of household income is expected to be a glitch in the execution of the state budget as can be seen by July’s data.

The government has restricted expenditure in the first seven months of 2016 as a result in the drop in revenue in the following sectors:

  •  tax income of natural persons down by 272 million euros
  •  tax yield in special categories down by 55 million euros
  •  direct tax down by 45 million euros
  •  VAT for tobacco down by 41 million euros
  •  Other types of duties down by 160 million euros

On the other end of the spectrum, the government has found that the following yield has exceeded expectations.

  •  taxes of legal entities up by 295 million euros
  •  property tax up by 42 million euros
  •  other VAT (bar tobacco)  up by 37 million euros

State expenditure dropped from January to July 2016 by 3.295 billion euros, amounting to 28.83 billion euros.