Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Greek Civil Disobedience Against Tax Collection Method Succeeds

A scheme to get Greeks to pay property taxes by bundling them with electricity bills didn’t last long, reports FT. People stopped paying their electricity bills and now it looks like the power company – which had to be bailed out last month – has stopped even trying to collect the levy.

According to FT, the government had hoped to raise €1.7bn-€2bn from the levy in the fourth quarter of last year. But a massive unions-led civil disobedience movement against the tax collection method and a ruling that it was illegal to disconnect people’s electricity supply for non-payment sent the collection rate even lower.

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