As I have stated in previous posts, we, the Brits are being targetted by the tax people as an easy source of income, primarily because we don't know the rules and we are easy prey, this is going to continue and get worse.
Local Greeks know the shortcuts and avoidance routes, we have Greek friends and they make a hobby out of it all.
We also have UK friends that have taken exception to the various tax implications [none seem to be the same as to a given example!!] and are now consulting EU HQ in Brussels ...and THAT I hope will open a rather large can of worms that will make Corfiot politicians stop and think about the gross difference that people here on this island are being treated.
Message posted by Lavinia on 29 July 2011 at 9:33pm - IP Logged
Pink slips no good for my accountants. I had to have a dilosi from the bank to say how much I had imported from abroad. They said that the pink slips were merely receipts not proof of importing monies. It gets more complicated by the minute!
Message posted by Hillbilly on 30 July 2011 at 1:44pm - IP Logged
We transferred money to a friends Greek account when we had any work done and he arranged payments for us. We did'nt ask him to give us the pink slips for the transfers because we didn't realise we needed to until recently, hence the tax payment.
Elliemay, we bought our house seven years ago and no-one said we had to have a Greek bank account, although we did have someone acting as power of attorney for us so maybe that made a difference.
I think we will be changing our accountant before we fill in any more tax returns.
Message posted by stevie f on 30 July 2011 at 10:44pm - IP Logged
Thanks for all your replies, you are a good bunch.
I still don't know the answer to my question but I am in Corfu next week so I will ask at the accountant. I will have a netbook with me so I will post my findings on the forum.
Last year I bought a scooter!!! I didn't transfer the money from my English bank to my Corfu bank account so no pink slip! Why would I, I paid with a Visa debit card.
Even more confusing?
Message posted by janmanessi on 31 July 2011 at 12:41am - IP Logged
Does that mean we should immediately know all the tax laws of another country. That is what we are paying the accountants for surely.
In the UK the accountants do all the work. Here it seems we do all the running around for them!
I am amazed by this thread. There are so many accountants giving so much differing information. How will incomers like us ever find out the defining way of doing things here when even the accountants can't or won't get their act together.
Message posted by JohnandHilary (Reborn) on 31 July 2011 at 10:12am - IP Logged
Yes Jan I agree, but the "law" here is never applied the same to the given situation. As has been stated the tax people don't know themselves what it should be and each accountant has a different opinion...so how the heck are we the general public supposed to know??
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 31 July 2011 at 10:49am - IP Logged
I think one of the main things that has put me off ever buying a house there in Corfu is this and all the other threads over the years going on about the tax system there, as I have a struggle understanding ours here in the UK.
Like Trisa states, this is what you pay the accountants for and if they are not up to it how are you guys supposed to know if your doing the right thing or not.
And as for being ignorant of the tax laws, if you wasn't there would be no need to employ a accountant would there.
I personally think your all heroes having to wake up every morning wondering if you are going to get a knock on the door from the tax man.
Message posted by The Grocer on 31 July 2011 at 11:16am - IP Logged
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