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Tax treatment of benefits in kind

Granting of free shares (“Shares award plans”) [article 42A par. 3 of L.4172/2013, hereinafter as “ITC”] First, it should be noted that, according to article 14 par.1 of ITC, the benefit in kind in the form of granting of free shares that is obtained by an individual from a legal person/entity in the context of plans in which the achievement of specific objectives or the occurrence of a specific event is set as a condition for this granting, is exempted from the calculation of income from employment. Therefore, at the time of granting, the individual does not obtain income...

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Tax treatment of dividend in kind

The Greek Income Tax Code (ITC) does not explicitly refer to the case of distribution of dividends in kind or its taxation. The definition of “dividends”, as per article 36 of the Greek ITC includes any income deriving from shares, securities or other types of rights in the participation of profits that do not constitute claims from debts, as well as any income from other corporate rights such as parts, including pre-dividends and numerical reserves, participations in profits of personal companies, distributions of profits from any type of legal entity as well as any similar distributed amount. The distribution of dividends in...

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Special VAT exemption regime for small businesses

The Greek VAT legislation provides for a special VAT exemption regime for small businesses, which is regulated in article 39 of L. 2859/2000-Greek VAT Code, which has been amended since 1/1/2019 in order to improve and simplify the regime as well as fully harmonize it with the EU VAT law. Moreover, Circular E. 2012/2019 was issued communicating the new provisions and giving various clarifications on the regime in the context of the amended article 39. Herein below we provide the main points of the special VAT exemption regime for small businesses: The regime is optional; the new (amended) provisions aim at...

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VAT treatment of educational services

For the assessment of the VAT treatment of educational services (such as teaching and training services), the first step is to determine the place of supply of those services for VAT purposes, based on their nature/classification, the VAT status/capacity of the recipient of the services as well as the way the services are provided (e.g. online). Following the determination of the place of supply, and should this be Greece, the next step would be to examine whether the services could benefit from the VAT exemption applicable to educational services. Should this be the case, even if the place of supply...

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Professional leisure yachts – VAT exemption for purchase/import

The Greek VAT legislation provides for a VAT exemption for the purchase/import of professional leisure yachts in Greece, provided of course that the specific conditions set out by the relevant VAT legislation (as well as by the applicable regulatory framework) are met. VAT legislation In specific, according to article 27 par. 1 case (a) subcase (aa) of the Greek VAT Code (L. 2859/2000), a VAT exemption is provided for the supply (purchase) and import of vessels that are intended to be used for navigation on the high seas and which carry passengers for reward or which are used for the purpose of...

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Private use (self-use) of a professional leisure yacht by the UBO

-  The professional leisure yacht needs to be registered with the Registry of yachts of L. 4256/2014. -  The professional leisure yacht is used for commercial charters and may also be used privately by the UBO for his private needs. -  This private use is allowed by the regulatory framework of L. 4256/2014 and does not change the character of the yacht as a professional leisure yacht. -   For the time that the yacht is used privately by the UBO, the VAT and any excise duties on the costs of the yacht are not deductible (e.g. on fuels, repairs, other provisioning etc.) -   The...

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Procedure and supporting documentation for application to the Greek Non-Dom taxation regime (Article 5A of the Greek Income Tax Code)

Article 5A of Law 4172/2013, which applies from the 2020 tax year onwards, states that an individual who transfers their tax residence to Greece using this procedure can be subject to an alternative method of taxation for income generated abroad. An individual may join this scheme under the following conditions: if they were not tax resident in Greece in 7 of the 8 years prior to the transfer of their tax residence to Greece and they prove that they invest personally or a relative does so (meaning their spouse and relatives in the ascending or descending line) or they do so...

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Alternative taxation method for recipients of pension income who transfer their tax residency in Greece – procedure and documentation

Article 5B of Law 4172/2013 states that a natural person - retiree who transfers their tax residence to Greece is subject to an alternative taxation method for income generated abroad. More specifically, they pay a flat rate tax for each tax year at a rate of 7% for all income generated abroad, and no special solidarity levy is imposed under Article 43A of Law 4172/2013. In order to join this scheme, all the following conditions must be met: a) the applicant must not have been tax resident in Greece in 5 of the 6 years prior to the transfer of their...

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Greek tax residence for individuals and legal entities

According to the provisions of article 4 par. 3 of the Greek Income Tax Code-L. 4172/2103 (hereinafter referred to as “ITC”), “a legal person or a legal entity is a tax resident of Greece for any tax year, provided that: a) it was established or founded in accordance with Greek law, b) has its registered seat in Greece, or c) the place of exercise of the effective management is in Greece at any time during the tax year.”....

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Procedure, requirements and supporting documents for inclusion in the favourable tax scheme for digital nomads

Competent body : 1. The tax office responsible for taking receipt of, examining, approving and rejecting applications for inclusion within the provisions of Article 5C of the Income Tax Code, for taking receipt of and examining the relevant supporting documents accompanying the applications and supporting documents to prove that the requirements in this Article are met, and for entering the data in the relevant electronic application is the Tax Office for Residents Abroad and Alternative Taxation for Greek Tax Residents, of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR). ...

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