Thousands of Greek jobless will have to pay ‘solidarity tax” as the law provides that even if they have worked one single day during the current year, they cannot be considered as ‘jobless’ for the genius minds of the national Finance Ministry. According to daily Eleftherotypia, the jobless will have to pay the so-called ‘solidarity tax’ apparently for jobless funds, even if they have no job, no income and no hope. Furthermore they will have to pay an additional 1% ‘punishment’ for the time between their application fro exemption and the payment deadline, if their application is rejected.
The solidarity tax applies to income of 2010. What if the taxpayer is without job in 2011 and has no source of even a minimum income? The state mechanism is not interested. IT just asks the tax from people without work, practically unable to fulfill their tax duties.
One should not wonder then why “small fish” still tries to escape taxation either by consuming without asking or issuing receipts for the benefit of a price reduction.
At the same time “big sharks” , i.e. big scale debtors owing the tax offices thousands of euro, get detained, and go free on bail. Their names get public, their ‘dignity’ is ruined but at the end no euro from tax evasion lands in the state registers.
On another page, the newspaper reports of a case of a businessman that his 4 million euro to state debt was simply … written off due to time limitation. “It is impressive how the businessman escaped the law and how the authorities didn’t manage for five years to send to him in time the court invitation for a trial. Now the €4 million had been ‘absorbed’ by the time limitation”, the newspaper notes.