Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Keep calm & fasten seat belts: “Earthquake”-Levy to be imposed on Greek properties

Keep calm & fasten seat belts: “Earthquake”-Levy to be imposed on Greek propertiesGreeks’ properties are an inexhaustible source of revenues. This is what the Troika and the Greek government  think. After forcing property owners to pay extraordinary ‘emergency taxes’ as a kind of small rent to the state for the house/flat/apartment they live in, a new levy is coming just around the corner: the Earthquake Levy!
According to Greek media reports,  the Troika demands that all properties on Greek soil will be insured against  natural disasters! As the possibility of a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, Noah’s flood, fire pouring down from the sky and other geological processes are highly unlikely to happen, they call it “Earthquake Levy”.
It is not clear yet, how high exactly the levy will be, but Greek media claimed of some 100 euro per year.
The claims on the levy were confirmed by Environment minister Giorgos Maniatis.

“It’s a direction towards which the country has to move with much attention in order to avoid and burden the citizens in dire economic situation.  But at the same time we must ensure that we avoid the damages we suffered in the past,” Maniatis told private Mega TV on Tuesday morning.
Is it coincidence that the Earthquake levy comes together with lifting of the ban on home foreclosure? Certainly not. What’s the point of seizing a house if it gets damage by the next earthquake?
However I still wonder who are these clowns ruling Greece right now.
PS here is an interesting article about Earthquake levy – paying mortgages in … New Zealand
my 19th property tax nervous breakdown
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