ECONOMY

Tax payment through the Finance Ministry’s website

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Taxpayers will soon be able to pay their taxes directly via the Finance Ministry’s website, thereby sparing themselves possible costly errors that take time to repair and which last year amounted to 289,000 cases.

Alternate Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis announced the plan for online tax payment via credit or debit cards on the site of the General Secretariat for Public Revenues, in response to a parliamentary question on Monday.

The application is expected to come into operation in the first half of 2016, and Alexiadis said it will deal with the issue of excessive payment by taxpayers, which is attributed to many people choosing the wrong tax payment codes when they pay through bank websites.

For the problem to be handled quickly, the general secretariat recently started automatically offsetting excess payments against other debts taxpayers have to the state. In total it offset 268,980 excessive payments by 210,297 taxpayers, to the tune of 10,368,7757 euros, some of which had been pending since 2012.

Responding to another question, Alexiadis stated that there are no ministry plans for a change to the protected share of salaries and pensions in bank accounts for taxpayers with debts to the state.