Breaking point

Utter despair is the only way to describe what taxpayers in Greece are feeling these days, and especially those who made the mistake of investing in real estate or who have inherited property from their families.

Citizens are being called on to pay retroactive real estate taxes over the space of a few months and are really starting to feel that they are running out of reserves, if they haven’t done so already.

They also have to deal with the online TAXISnet system, which is prone to technical problems, as well as underperforming local tax offices.

The fact is that taxpayers in this country are getting angry. And the people who are getting the angriest are those who have done nothing wrong, who have not broken any laws, who have always paid their taxes and other debts on time and who are now feeling that the inadequacy of the political system has led to their properties and assets being at risk.