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Upcoming tax developments in Greece

VAT Suspension of the imposition of VAT on construction activity for the following three (3) years. Reduction of VAT rates from 13% to 11% and from 24% to 22% within the following four (4) years, especially for baby essentials. Gradual imposing of e-business invoicing (B2B) and e- accounting books.   Real estate tax Reduction of the Unified Real Estate Property Tax (hereafter EN.F.I.A.) rates within the next two (2) years. Suspension of the imposition of goodwill tax on the transfer of property for the next three (3) years. Tax deductions for the expenses related to energy functional and upgrading of...

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Recent developments in Greek taxation and corporate compliance issues

1. Greece has adopted the EU anti- tax avoidance Directive (ATAD) through a new law, which is in force from 1.1.2019 onwards. The rules transposed in domestic law amended the following provisions: 1.a. The Greek thin capitalization rules (article 49 Greek Income tax code) were reformulated in order to fully comply with the Directive. However, no significant changes were made in relation to the previous provisions system, which complied with the Directive to a great extent. Specifically, excess borrowing costs are deducted in the tax year in which they are occurred only up to 30% of the company’s earnings before taxes,...

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Acquisition & Revocation of Greek citizenship – Q&As

- Is it enough for someone to prove 24,000 euros per year alone? Or should have a formal job? Someone must prove at least 24,000 income for one person per year (e.g. bank accounts, etc). This income should not come from a job (this type of residence permit is for people who are financially independent persons = they have income without working).   - Is it possible for someone to study in the EU with this residency? It is possible to study in Greece? If the sponsor (the person who has the income and gets the FIP residence permit), also has a child less...

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New Greek Law on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and transposition into Greek legislation of Directive (EU) 2016/680

Under a fast track procedure, the Law on the protection of personal data was adopted as it was finally drafted after the public consultation. The new Greek law on the protection of personal data, which came into force on 29.08.2019, i.e. Law 4624/2019, is based on the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) and incorporates the provisions of Directive (EU) 2016/680 into the Greek legislation. GDPR allows Member States to derogate from its provisions and to adopt restrictions on the processing of personal data and the exercise of the rights of the data subjects. Significant derogations from the provisions of the GDPR are...

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The applicable law to cross-border successions under Regulation (EU) 650/2012

Regulation (EU) 650/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession, was entered into force on the 17th of August 2015....

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The procedure of correction of the Initial registrations before the Cadastre Office

The properties are registered at the Cadastral Office and receive a special code number (called “KAEK”). Any correction of the initial registrations of the property can be performed easily following the administrative procedure of “obvious error”. the correction of the initial registrations has an expiration date....

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The procedural aspects (step-by-step) of the filling of the tax return related to the gain from the transfer of shares

Tax residents in Greece should submit electronically, via their personal account on the official website of the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter “taxisnet”), a tax return in which they should declare their worldwide income, as well as the tax deducted abroad. ...

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