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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-05-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Parliament Vice-President: Government can't accept the most harsh version of measures proposed by the creditors
  • [02] Government finalizes tax intervention package

  • [01] Parliament Vice-President: Government can't accept the most harsh version of measures proposed by the creditors

    ANA/MPA---"We are in trouble, on one hand there is the danger of a rift that will lead to a national tragedy and on the other hand it is the creditors' package, mostly IMF, which is of unprecedented brutality that does not comply with SYRIZA's programme and with the people's mandate," Parliament Vice-President Alexis Mitropoulos on Thursday said in statements to MEGA TV.

    Mitropoulos said he does not see an agreement before mid-June, adding that a progressive government cannot accept to implement the most harsh and despicable version of measures on salaries, pensions and taxes proposed by the creditors.

    He admitted that some of the pre-election pledges were possibly excessive and added that Tsipras will not be able to avoid the 'appeal to the people" in the future.

    [02] Government finalizes tax intervention package

    ANA/MPA---With the restart of technical negotiations in the Brussels Group the Greek government seeks to finalize a package of interventions in the tax system aimed to boost public revenues without taking any horizontal measures. In this framework, the government is redefining the criteria of tax cases to be inspected in priority by the tax administration in order to strengthen the efficiency of the collection mechanism.

    A government council meeting late on Wednesday examined the first tax interventions on which there is convergence with the institutions without reaching any final decisions. At the same time, the Finance ministry is promoting two changes on tax control: first, focusing on cases with big tax collection interest and secondly, launching procedures for identifying non-performing tax debt. Overdue tax debt to the state is currently around 75 billion euros, of which more than 50 billion euros are considered to be non-collected.

    The government also examined tax interventions such as offering favorable terms of stating bank deposits held in foreign banks, introducing a lottery measure as an incentive to collect retail sales receipts, introducing a single VAT tax factor, obligatory use of credit/debit cards for transactions over 70 euros in all tourist islands of the country and imposing a higher tax burden on larger incomes.


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