“Paying taxes is a national duty,” said newly appointed Finance Minister Giorgos Zannias and ordered tax offices to send out the first wave of property tax bills for 2009 to 200,000 Greeks. The ETAK 2009 is the property tax bill that the state had failed to collect in the years that followed 2009. Instead an emergency property tax was raised triggering strong reactions especially because it was sent through the electricity bills.
At the same time, the caretaker FinMin of Pikrammenos’ interim government declared that the bills to collect the emergency property tax for 2012 will be sent to property owners after the elections.
Most probably after the elections, the ETAK 2010 tax bills will be sent as well.
According to Proto Thema information, more than 100,000 Greeks will pay nothing in the context of ETAK 2009, but the rest 100,000 will have to come up of an average 700 euro. This tax will have to be paid until the end of May once. The bill does not allow property owners to pay this tax in installments.
Last Thursday, Proto Thema had reported from the first cabinet meeting of Pikrammenos interim government, that the ETAK 2009 and 2010 tax bills were to be released as soon as possible. The prime minister’s office had denied the report.
Name it ETAK or emergency property tax, 1.37 million property owners in Greece have to pay more or less some 400-500 euro per month for their property. Something like a monthly rent in order to live in their own four walls.