ECONOMY

Solidarity tax sparks angry street protests

Demonstrators affiliated with the Communist party burn bills for the solidarity tax as an increasing number of Greeks join protests in various cities against the additional burden the government has imposed on citizens to plug the hole in state finances.

The demonstrations had begun with the burning of photocopies of the bills, but protesters have now started burning the original notifications.

Thousands of taxpayers flocked to their local tax offices in the past two days to correct errors in their bills, only to be turned away due to a strike by employees.

Taxpayers complain that those who lost their jobs last year had their severance pay included in their annual income, which should be exempted. They need to apply for a recalculation of their additional tax.