Stournaras: Major tax evasion offenders could face time behind bars

The existence of an ongoing dialogue between the coalition government’s three parties in view of reaching an agreement regarding a new draft tax code was highlighted by Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras during a meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday.

“We are doing our best in order to work in favor of those on lower incomes,” said Stournaras.

He also noted that allowances for families with one or two children will be based on income criteria.

With regard to cases involving major tax evasion, Stournaras noted that the government was considering prison sentences which would not be suspended.

The minister reiterated that a new, “mini” tax bill will be submitted to Parliament by December 11, while a bigger one will reach the House by April next year.

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