OPINION

Tax system still in a mess

I wonder what happened to all those much-lauded plans to overhaul the country’s tax system and make it simpler and less prone to gray areas?

Instead of a new, streamlined tax system that they have been promised so many times, citizens and accountants in Greece today instead have been presented with a slew of complicated directives and decisions that not only make life much, much harder, but also hide many pitfalls as a result of their complexity, especially for those who are trying to stay abreast of regulations and fulfill their commitments.

Unfortunately, the staff at the Finance Ministry responsible for drafting the new tax code followed bad advice and stuck to the usual path of complexity and loopholes.

It should come as no surprise that people are beginning to get very angry. Not only do they have to pay an increasing amount of taxes, but they are also having to attempt to navigate a barrage of new directives and measures.