Spending on rent, mortgage payments and utility bills will not count toward the sum of card or e-banking payments taxpayers have to reach to be eligible for a tax discount of 1,900-2,100 euros per year, according to Finance Ministry officials.
The World Bank – and not the International Monetary Fund – is bringing back to the negotiating table with the country’s creditors the reduction of the income tax-free threshold to 5,000 euros per year in the context of welfare benefit restructuring.
In its efforts to reach a compromise with the creditors for the completion of the second bailout review, the government is examining a scenario whereby the automatic fiscal mechanism agreed last year (aka “the cutter”) would also include the reduction of the tax-free threshold and pensions.
The reduction in the income tax discount from next year should now be seen as a certainty, and it is destined to hurt most taxpayers, above all those in the lower income brackets. Changes in tax brackets and rates is also quite likely, as the creditors are insisting on changes there as well.