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Tsipras hails Greek owner tax settlement

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.”

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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