ECONOMY

Finance Ministry does not know who hasn’t paid property tax

The Finance Ministry admitted on Tuesday it does not know the identities of the owners of the 500,000 properties for which last year’s special tax levied via electricity bills was not paid.

In a written response to a parliamentary question, Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Mavraganis stated the tax corresponding to each electricity connection may not be listed in the name of the owner, but in that of the tenant, a former or a deceased owner etc.

However, Public Power Corporation and the alternative power suppliers charged with collecting the tax submitted lists of tax evaders to the ministry in May.

If and when the ministry establishes who is supposed to pay for each property, tax authorities will issue payment orders including fines. Confiscating salaries and properties would be a last-resort measure.