Increases in objective values, cuts in special payrolls
Instead of imposing additional taxes for the new mid-term and the budget of 2012, the Troika is calling upon the government to introduce measures to reduce expenditure, which will include severe cuts in special payrolls excluded from the multi-bill.
"Who told you that the Troika wants new taxes?" said the finance minister in an interview on Mega channel. He attributed the continuing appeal of the Government for new taxes to the failure to collect tax revenues and the inefficient operation of the taxation mechanism (whose strike throughout this week has already started being commented on by the international media).
As Venizelos said, the multi-bill will include:
- a door-to-door tax hunt and heavy fines for those who owe more than 150.00 euros and are not paying
- lists with tax evaders
- an increase of the base of objective values, whereby the value from the tax authorities will increase significantly to reach the commercial one. However, the expense for most people will not be significant because property tax rates will change too
Regarding government spending, Venizelos indicated that the government is seeking new ways of restraint. Reportedly, the plan that was agreed with the Troika provides for the reduction of judicial and military personnel, as well as diplomatic and academic salaries that were excluded from the single payroll, in order to reach the wages of the rest of the employees.
To replace part of the lost income, the economy team will seek solutions such as the provision of special liability and employment conditions benefits. A special provision is expected within this year, although there may be a slight delay, for the salaries of priests where additional information will be sought.
The Troika will probably depart after these assurances, and its report is expected to be ready by October 20.
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