This GMS Flash Alert reports on important changes to Greece’s tax system impacting individuals.
Greece’s Law 4446/2016 amended the country’s tax system providing for a person’s tax-exempt income to be linked to the minimal value of spending he or she undertakes via electronic means, the postponement of capital gains tax on real estate sales, and modifications to the taxable benefit-in-kind related to company cars.1
The method of assessing individual income tax has changed significantly, taking into account an individual’s expenses via electronic means to determine his or her tax-free income before a tax liability arises. This means that taxpayers and their tax service providers must be diligent in recording individuals’ electronic payments, especially if they wish to utilize the tax reduction available to taxpayers and avoid unnecessary penalties.
These and other measures described in this newsletter could impact a taxpayer by raising or lowering his or her tax burden depending on his or her particular facts and circumstances.
As of 1 January 2017, what is deemed tax-free income is linked to a minimum value of expenses that a taxpayer incurs, provided that payment is effected by electronic means, depending on the individuals’ level of income. Tax-free income is linked to a minimum value of expenses as a move to combat tax evasion in Greece.
Electronic payments include using any debit, credit, or other kind of charge cards, e-banking, etc. (that do not involve cash payments) to pay for a good or service. Electronic payments are defined by reference to the means of payment and are not limited to online purchases. This move is intended to help eliminate tax evasion due to non-reported cash transactions. To promote this manner of payment, a tax discount is given as an incentive.
A progressive scale applies for the determination of the income tax reduction related to electronic transactions. In particular, the level of expenses that must be effected via electronic payment in order to secure the tax reduction are as follows:
In case taxpayers do not achieve the spending levels above-noted, a tax of 22 percent is imposed on the difference between the amount “required” (noted above) and the amount declared.
Medical expenses paid via electronic means are taken into account for the calculation of the tax.
Since the law does not stipulate whether the minimum amount of expenses required (and paid electronically) is calculated on individual income or on family income, further clarification is expected.
|PTRP in EUR||Rate %|
|0 – 12,000||4%|
|12,001 – 17,000||7%|
|17,001 – 20,000||14%|
|20,001 – 25,000||18%|
|25,000 and higher||22%|
|Age of car (years)||Rate %|
|0 – 2||0%|
|3 – 5||10%|
|6 – 9||25%|
|10 and higher||50%|
For additional information concerning the changes introduced by Law 4446/2016, please see ”Tax – Breaking News” (PDF 422 KB) (December 2016), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in Greece.
1 Law 4446/2016 (Government Gazette Ά 240/22.12.2016) on “Bankruptcy Code, Administrative Justice, Duties - Fees, Voluntary disclosure of undeclared income, Electronic transactions, Amendments of Law 4270/2014 and other provisions.”
For additional information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services professional or the following professional with the KPMG International member firm in Greece:
Tel. +30 210 60 62 227
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Greece.
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