The submission of income tax statements for the fiscal year 2013 (i.e. for income received from January 1st 2012 to December 31, 2012) is commencing. According to the current rulings of the Greek Ministry of Economics, the deadline for the submission of income tax statements has been extended for all tax payers to 30 June 2013. Who should file income tax statements in Greece? Every person, resident of Greece, over the age of 18, regardless of the amount of income that he received or his relevant tax payment obligation. Foreign residents (like Greek Australians) who are ‘tax-connected’ to Greece, due to the fact that they own properties, receive rents or have any other income in Greece, (no matter the amount of their income) must submit income tax statements (E1, maybe E2 etc). How is the tax statement submitted? From this year onwards, income tax statements are submitted only electronically, through the official Greek Tax Authority website (taxisnet). In order to use the taxisnet web system, tax payers must first record their personal information at the taxisnet web page, obtain a username and a password; finally, their appointed tax representative must obtain their serial key number (‘klidarithmos’) from the Tax Authority’s department of registry in order for the web account to be activated. Following this, taxpayers will obtain unimpeded access to past filings and income tax notices and they will be able to submit electronically their current and future income tax statements. Foreign residents will also have to provide the Tax Authority. along with their income tax statements, with a certificate of tax residence (from the ATO) for the current fiscal year, proving that they are foreign tax residents and that they are duly taxed abroad (in Australia) for their global income. Alternative evidence may apply. Since the tax statement is submitted electronically, the appointed representative of the taxpayer must submit said tax certificate to the competent tax authority in person. Your tax representative in Greece (lawyer, accountant, etc) may be appointed from Melbourne through a limited Power of Attorney, properly drafted by any lawyer, entitled to practice Greek Law.* John Tripidakis is an Australian registered foreign (Greek) lawyer in Melbourne, entitled to practice foreign (Greek) law only. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Photo: Liz RuskinMurkowski, as chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has a pretty big gavel to pummel the Interior Department with. Her committee oversees that department. Nominees for high office at Interior and other departments have to clear her committee en route to Senate confirmation. This morning, with three nominees from Interior and three from Energy before her, Murkowski wasn’t shy about tying the nominees to their bosses and declaring favorites. The senator says she likes Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.Download Audio“He works with us. He listens to us. I think he deserves to have a team in place to support him,” Murkowski said. “Unfortunately, I’m not able to say the same when it comes to the secretary of the Interior.”Murkowski homed in on Kristen Sarri, the nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management and Budget. Murkowski went through a list of her complaints about the department, such as: Not opening enough of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to exploration, being slow with permits, the “heartless” denial of an emergency road for King Cove, and, most recently, the decisions on offshore Arctic leases. Murkowski says the department created a “deteriorating regulatory environment” that thwarts development and was a factor in Shell’s decision to give up on Arctic drilling.“So if you’re an Alaskan and you’re reading the headlines, you have to wonder, what’s going on within Interior? Why do they have it out for us?” the senator said.Sarri, who is already working in the policy office at Interior, says the department isn’t against Arctic development.“Let me just first start by saying, really quickly, that Alaska is incredibly important obviously to energy production in this country and the safe and responsible development in the Arctic is an important part of the picture,” Sarri said.Murkowski told her that’s not evident from the administration’s actions.“I was not involved in either of the decisions announced on Friday,” Sarri said, referring to the cancellation of Arctic lease sales and the refusal to extend existing leases held by Shell and other companies.Sarri says the offshore leasing decisions came from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which are in Interior but lower down the organizational chart. Murkowski pressed on, and Sarri continued to say she wasn’t responsible for the actions Murkowski objects to.Dozens of nominations are pending in Congress. Senators sometimes hold them hostage by the fistful to extract concessions from a president. Murkowski didn’t say whether she’d block anyone.Even if she did put a hold on Interior nominations, Sarah Binder, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, says it’s unlikely to cause the Obama Administration to reverse course. But, Binder says, by voicing her oppostion, Murkowski does plant a flag on the issue.“She’s taking a position, right?” Binder says. “And senators get rewarded for being on the right side of issues, even if they can’t get the outcome that they want.”A Murkowski spokesman says the senator will wait for more information before deciding how to vote on Sarri’s confirmation.