The Greek prime minister yesterday praised the nation’s owners for agreeing to a new voluntary tax scheme that will add at least EUR75m ($85m) to the state budget. Greek owners have agreed to pay 10% on dividends in a notable change to the way they are taxed.
Alexis Tsipras, who came to power four years ago vowing to change the way Greek owners pay tax, said yesterday to the Union of Greek Shipowners: “I would like to thank you for your response to the government’s request to establish a permanent agreement which is voluntary in character. This stable percentage will allow us to … calculate some stable revenue, which is something important in these days.”
Theodore Veniamis, president of the UGS said the industry was supporting “the effort the government is making for a better future in Greece.”