Hundreds of thousands of property owners who did not comply with the government's favorable regulation for declaring the actual areas of their properties in the municipalities will have from July onwards another opportunity to reveal all the square meters of their properties without exorbitant retroactive municipal tax charges and without being burdened with the very high amounts of surcharges and overdue fines provided by current legislation………..
The relevant legislative provision is expected to come to the Parliament for a vote by the Ministry of Interior in the April-June quarter. . Simultaneously, the ministry will submit two more provisions that will provide for the reduction of surcharges, of fines and the period of limitation of debts to municipalities.
The Central Union of Greek Municipalities (KEDE) is expected in the coming days to announce its final proposal to the Ministry of Interior for the reopening of the electronic platform to which overdue declarations of undeclared property areas in the municipalities were submitted.
The goal of KEDE is to give another opportunity to thousands of owners to correct the data of the surfaces of their real estate in the municipalities without high retroactive charges and fines. Furthermore, with the same suggestion, KEDE will ask the Ministry of Interior to legislate two more provisions that will provide:
* reduction of surcharges and fines for overdue declarations of real estate of the municipality with a limit of 50%
* reduction of the statute of limitations of the debts to the municipalities from 20 in 5 years, as is the case with debts to the State.
KEDE's proposal is expected to be accepted by the Ministry of Interior, so:
1 The platform for submitting overdue declarations of real estate surfaces in municipalities will reopen from July, when it is now estimated that the processing and clearing of all overdue declarations of real estate surfaces submitted to the municipalities in the framework of the implementation of the previous regulation of voluntary disclosure of undeclared square meters in the municipalities will have been completed (of the article 51 of Law. 4647/2019). That regulation provided for those who joined full exemption from retroactive charges of municipal taxes and municipal fees for periods of time - five years, ten years or twenty years- before 2020. He predicted, also, deletion of all surcharges and fines.
According to reports, the platform for the electronic submission of declarations of real estate surfaces in the municipalities will be re-launched on the digital portal of the Public Administration gov.gr and not on the website of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities tetragonika.govapp.gr which had operated the previous time, in the context of the application of the regulation of N. 4647/2019.
Those property owners who did not join the regulation of N.. 4647/2019 will have the opportunity to join a new one, which will be submitted to Parliament in the coming months and will also be favorable. This new regulation will provide that those who decide to submit overdue declarations to reveal the actual number of square meters of their property in the municipalities:
a) will also be completely exempt from retroactive charges of municipal taxes and fees for periods before 2020
b) will be required to pay the amounts of municipal taxes and municipal fees corresponding to the additional declared square meters, for the period from 1-1-2020 until the date of submission of the overdue declaration, increased:
* against 20% if the submission of the declaration is made within six months from the start of re-operation of the electronic platform
* against 25% if the declaration is submitted after the lapse of the first semester from the start of re-operation of the electronic platform and before the completion 12 months after that start
* against 30% if the declaration is submitted after two semesters (or 12 months) from the start of re-launching of the electronic platform and before the completion 18 months after that start
* against 35% εάν η υποβολή τής δήλωσης γίνει μετά την πάροδο τριών εξαμήνων (or 18 months) from the start of re-launching of the electronic platform and before the completion 24 months after that start
* against 40% εάν η υποβολή τής δήλωσης γίνει μετά την πάροδο τεσσάρων εξαμήνων (or 24 months) from the start of re-launching of the electronic platform and before the completion 30 months after that start
* against 45% εάν η υποβολή τής δήλωσης γίνει μετά την πάροδο πέντε εξαμήνων (or 30 months) from the start of re-launching of the electronic platform and before the completion 36 months after that start
* against 50% if the declaration is submitted after six months (or 36 months) from the start of re-launch of the electronic platform.
consequently, The owners who will submit to their municipalities declarations of voluntary disclosure of the real surfaces of their real estate will be saved from the payment of exorbitant amounts, as it will be enough to pay only the additional municipal fees and the additional TAP corresponding to the additional sq.m., with retroactive charges only for the periods from 1-1-2020 onwards and with surcharges 20%-50% (depending on the semester in which they choose to submit the statements), instead 100%-200% in force today.
The reopening of the electronic platform for the declaration of "forgotten" square meters in the municipalities is expected, barring unforeseen, on July, when it is estimated that all the municipalities of the country will have completed the processing and liquidation of the declarations of disclosure of undeclared square meters submitted under the previous regulation by 3,1 millions of citizens-property owners. Already, with a provision included in the article 39 of the multi-bill which was submitted late Monday night in Parliament, the deadline of 31st-3-2021 given to the municipalities for the liquidation of the above declarations was extended until 30-6-2021.
On July, according to the new schedule, will be forwarded to HEDNO the results of the processing and settlement of those declarations in order to adjust the charges of municipal taxes and municipal fees to the electricity bills of 3,1 millions of citizens who joined the regulation. The amounts of additional municipal taxes and municipal fees corresponding to the period from 1-1-2020 to 30-6-2021 the specific citizens will be asked to pay them, completely free of surcharges and fines, in 24 equal monthly installments. The minimum limit of each monthly installment, except for the last one, will be the 10 euros for individuals and fifties 50 euros for legal entities.
2 Fines and surcharges for overdue declarations of real estate in municipalities will be significantly reduced, even when the above new emergency arrangement will not apply. Based on current legislation, the fines for non-declaration to the municipalities of electrified real estate areas are exorbitant. Regarding the TAP, non-declaration of surface for a period of five years implies the imposition of a fine, which can reach and 200% of the corresponding TAP, while in terms of municipal fees, the fine may reach 100% of the corresponding amount. With the new provision that will be voted and will enter into force will be imposed on the amounts of surcharges and fines ceiling 50% so that those who declare the surfaces of their real estate after a long time after long periods of time are not burdened with the currently foreseen extermination amounts, but with amounts up to 50% on all charges, which will now be calculated retrospectively for the previous five years.
3 Reduction of the limitation period of debts to municipalities from 20 years to 5 years. With the implementation of this regulation, it is expected that the already accumulated huge amounts of overdue debts to the municipalities will be significantly reduced and a large part of them will be recoverable., with the help of the new arrangement for the undeclared squares.
From the print edition of the Free Press