Hi Stevie ... seems like there are a lot of confused people and not just on Corfu regarding the changes! We decided to visit our accountant last week to see if anything had changed for us because someone told us we would have to pay tax on our land, we bought the land in 2006 and he filed the relevant tax forms. He was as cheerful as ever and said have you built a house or bought a car? When we said no he said then why are you here? We told him about what we had been told and once again he assured us that as we have land with nothing on it then we do not pay tax and that many people do not understand the changes. What he did say was before you build or buy a car you must come to see me.
It is a complicated mess which is confusing not just the Greeks.
DCV ... do you not only need residency to buy a New Car? I have been told you do not need it to buy second hand.
Message posted by DCV on 21 September 2011 at 1:12am - IP Logged
From reading all of the above posts it appears that no one, and that includes Greek accountants, really understand the Greek tax laws.
If I am correct what chance has a non Greek got in actually paying the correct amount of tax?
Does anyone have an accountant that are are totally sure is giving them 100% accurate advise?
Message posted by janmanessi on 21 September 2011 at 12:23pm - IP Logged
There is one I would recommend if you want a second opinion- pm me if you want his name- he is not my accountant as my business is too small for his office, but he will know exactly what is going on and is very helpful
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 21 September 2011 at 12:28pm - IP Logged
Stevie ... It would not suprise me one bit if the next change was a land tax! Along with taxing swimming pools that are above ground! ie non permanent fixture that people have been buying.
DCV ... Pandas are nice and cuddly lol.
Dexter ... maybe your question should be is there a Greek accountant willing to risk his business on saying he knows the new laws 100%?
I believe ours has given us accurate advice, after all he knew right away who we were when we walked into his office having never seen us for 3 years! We can only accept what he tells us because we have no other way of knowing.
Its a bit like the New planning law changes coming into force, you submit your plans to the planning department in Corfu town and thats it untill and if your plans are passed, then they engage and independant engineer who will keep checks on the builder to make sure no changes are made to the house design, if they do then they will be made to remove them. These people will be employed for a maximum of 4 years and will be responsible for giving you a Habitation certificate and the paperwork for you to get electricity!
Message posted by Denisew on 08 October 2011 at 6:12pm - IP Logged
This tax thing is never ending! We receieved a call from our accountants last week saying we had to pay 202euros -he said it was a NEW tax due to the economic crisis in Greece! We have of course paid it (as you do when you are stuck in the UK) just wondering if anyone else had had this?
I noticed from earlier posts that the Pool Tax has changed from a fixed 11,500 to a per mtr sq - can anyone confirm? I am going to email my accountnat now - as I have finally got my Corfu accounts up to date here in the UK for the last 2 years ...so I know exactly what has gone in and out! We exceeded the 11,500 for last year so I need to know if we can carry forward for this year.
Anyone with any updates always appreciated.
Also I used to get notifications when someone replied to a post - I dont now - is there anything I have to do? or just keep logging in?
from Horrid cold England!
Message posted by Me and MrsJones on 08 October 2011 at 8:25pm - IP Logged
I am also so confused and worried about the new tax laws.
I was living in Corfu with my Husband and young daughter, we bought a small property, and after about a year of toil eventually got the electricity on the house. It was an old house renovation, and we needed to take the roof off, and we could not do any work on it until the electricity meter was on the house. They would only put a meter on a house that had a roof.
In the two years or so that we lived there we removed the roof and two walls...had a load of concrete and steel work done, and this was declared on the tax returns and pink slips provided etc...its unhabitable, still is really only a pile of rubble, no doors, windows, and lots of piles of stone ready for building work to start again, which we have had to postpone until we can get back over there.
We submitted an annual tax return through our accountant every year since 2003. But the last year we were there in 2006 the accountant said we didnt need to submit further tax returns if we were not doing any more work on the property and going back to England.
We had to return to the UK in Nov 2006 as my father died, and we agreed to stay in the UK to look after my mother, and have been here ever since. We havent a hope in hell to get out there any time soon as Mum needs a lot of care with her disabilities etc.
We have a very kind neighbour who we keep in contact with, and they very kindly let us know when the electricity bill comes and we can keep the house bills up to date.
Does anyone think there is something else I need to be doing, regarding this tax, and will I have a huge tax bill for the years we have not submitted a return?
I would be grateful for any input...as the things I have read so far are all in conflict with each other.
Message posted by Tina M on 09 October 2011 at 12:50am - IP Logged
I am a part-owner of a 95 sq.m. village property, we have paied about 80 eur/year for the last previous years (via a lawyer we know). There was a apparently a new law for 2010, for foreign house owners, assuming they had a 'set income' at a certain pre-calculated amount (if no declared Greek income). Trying to find out about more it; this law apparently did not work/was criticised and a new law was voted through in april this year - so we were told. According to the new law for 2011 we are not due to pay any property tax, so an accountant told us, but an official at the tax office said the tax system for 2010 is still valid... not sure what to do, as this tax is enormously high if rightly calculated, for my part of the property it should have been eur 1200/year (for an old renovated village house of 95 sq.m.).
Having said that, there is yet another new property tax (only valid for 2011 and 2012), charged via the electric meter bill, depending on age of property, area property value/code x sq.m. This is charged twice at the end of 2011 and four times during 2012. I read about this in the Athens News newspaper and our local friends in the village knew about it. And if the electricity bill is not paied in due course the electricity will be cut off.
Message posted by Pat and Rob on 14 November 2011 at 12:32am - IP Logged
We have a house near Halikounas (about 99 sq metres) and a car (Fiat Panda). Unfortunatley we can only spend about 6 weeks in Corfu because we still work (and pay income tax) in UK! Our accountant has just told us that we have to prove that we have send at least 15,000 euros over to our bank in Corfu in order to avoid/minimise any tax liabilities for 2011. Any commments from Forum members?
Last year he told us we needed to send 6,900 euros but we still had a tax bill of about 170 euros.
Pat and Rob
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