ECONOMY

Online tax declaration system crashes again, prompting criticism from experts

The government came in for criticism on Monday after TAXISNET, the online system for submitting tax declarations, crashed again.

All tax declarations have to be submitted online from this year but the system has run into a number of problems, forcing the Finance Ministry to extend until August 30 the deadline for completing the forms.

However, TAXISNET crashed on Monday, causing further frustration for accountants and taxpayers.

“Yet again we are the hostages of the rushed nature of the decision to make it compulsory for the first time this year for tax declarations to be submitted online,” said Konstantinos Kollias, the vice president of the Economic Chamber of Greece.

Kollias reserved particular criticism for the Finance Ministry’s general secretary for revenues Haris Theocharis, previously the general secretary for Information Systems (GSIS).

“Mr Theocharis was the one who – when head of GSIS – assured us the system was ready to accept millions of declarations,” said Kollias. “Mr Theocharis was the one assuring us a week ago that there were no problems with TAXISNET.”