|Greece Deputy Minister’s Husband Not Paying Taxes|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, May 18, 2010, 01:30 PM|
Late yesterday, a Greek deputy minister resigned after it emerged that her pop-singing husband owed million of dollars in unpaid taxes and fines.
The Independent of London reports that, “Angela Gerekou, deputy minister for culture and tourism, gave up her cabinet seat in a move aimed at showing that the government is serious about holding all tax dodgers to account. In 1996, Mrs. Gerekou married the singer.”
The Hellenic answer to Tom Jones, Tolis Voskopoulos, the man who starred in the smash-hit musical ‘Dream Lovers,’ has not paid any income taxes for nearly two decades, as disclosed by documents from financial authorities in Athens, which were obtained by the Eleftherolypia newspaper.
Greece is dealing with a debt-crisis, which has rippled across the eurozone and beyond. Already, Athens has received almost $10 billion in aid from the IMF and is due to obtain even more from the European Union today.
According to the Independent, “under intense pressure to get its finances in order, George Pompadou’s government has introduced harsh austerity measures, increasing the wrath of unions, and has started naming and shaming tax dodgers. According to the Transparency International, the ‘unrecorded’ or ‘black’ economy in Greece could be worth a staggering 40 percent of the country’s GDP. This would mean that the projected tax revenues for fiscal 2010 of 54bn (British Pounds) should be 21bn (Pounds) higher.”
Opinion polls suggest that most Greeks agree the bailout was necessary, but feel outraged at the thought of ordinary citizens bearing the brunt of the vicious cuts. Yesterday, seeking to soothe those fears, the Greek premier said, “I believe we can implement our program. But we must ensure the weakest in our society don’t fall into the abyss. We can’t push people below the poverty line.”
To read the entire article from the Independent in London, link here:
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