Awa! So cute! As long as a newborn will let its first scream and take a deep breath of tax-evasion-free Greek air, it will get a Tax Identification Number (AFM). The AFM-number is necessary, for the case, the newborn Greek -who may look innocent and guileless today – turns into a first degree tax evader tomorrow. Prevention is a must in creditors-occupied Greece and the Ministries are rushing to cope with demands. According to media, the Greek Finance Ministry plans to implement this extremely useful measure as of 1.1. 2016.
Alternate Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis confirmed the news and described the measure as “very correct”, stressing that it is already being implemented in several other countries. “In Greece it will help to combat tax evasion and reduce the nightmare of bureaucracy,” he added.
I think, I heard Alexiadis saying this morning that “now grand parents will be able to inherit properties and assets to newborn grand children” without being afraid to evade taxes – or something like that. There is always some cheap, outer-space political justification for a weird measure, as all under-aged in possession of properties and assets “do their tax declaration” together with their parents.
Nevertheless, Alexiadis said nothing on whether newborn babies will be handed out together with their tax identification number also the famous “personal code number” (κλειδάριθμος) that confirms the tax identification number and allows access to electronic tax system Taxisnet.
A normal adult living in Athens, for example, needs an average of 3 days standing “line” at the stairs of a tax office in order to get his “personal code number.” I can imagine that it will be extremely difficult for newborns to have to take their buggies to the local tax office and try to fill the application form having at hand their Identity Card and whatever other paperwork comes into the mind of a tax officer.
Newborn Alex wanted his Tax number to end with his birthday ‘112016’. Mean tax officer did not satisfy his request.
In this Kafkasian times we live in, I hope that Alternate FinMin Alexiadis will not decide to tax newborn babies with ‘deemed income‘ criteria based on annual consumption of diapers and wipes, pacifiers and feeding bottles, strollers and baby swings and also add the size of the baby crib in square meters.
Baby Nicholas just found out, he will be taxed with deemed income criteria.
Something like “Baby Nicholas”, age 1, deemed income: €3,000 for food and basic needs items + €1,500 for 0.5 sq.m. crib. Just as the Greek Finance Ministry has been taxing long-term unemployed and other people without income since 2012.
Baby Anna hears that she will have to pay property tax ENFIA.
Rumors that the AltFinMin will impose Value Added Tax of 13% on unused diapers and 23% on used diapers (processed item!) do not confirm for the time being.
BTW: Do not confuse Social Security Number with Tax identification Number and identity Card Number. Greeks apparently need all these 3 different numbers to have their identity crosschecked. Numbers make the world go round, boost bureaucracy and allow thousands of civil servants to keep their jobs….
PS I assume, Alexiadis has just a couple of days left to solve these practical problems for the future newborn Greek taxpayers and potential tax evaders, before he leaves the office due to upcoming elections.