Greece - Tax Guide for Freelance Contractors
Welcome to our guide to Greek Taxation. You will find a wealth of information which will be useful if you plan to work in, or place consultants in, Greece.
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Tax residents in Greece: are liable to pay Greek tax on their worldwide income,
Non tax residents in Greece: are liable to pay tax only on their Greek source income.
Residence is not determined by tax law, but determined on the basis of factual circumstances such as:
- length of stay in Greece,
- the possession of a residence permit.
Married persons file a tax return jointly, but their income is assessed separetely for taxation pruposes.
Taxable income includes:
- income from employment,
- income from a business
- professional income,
- investment income,
- pensions (under certain conditions),
- benefits in kind.
Tax Credits for 2012 include:
- 20% of the annual medical expenses of the taxpayer and dependents up to a maximum of EUR 3'000,
- 10% of the annual home rent up to a maximum of EUR 100,
- 10% of the annual rent paid in respect of dependent children who are studying at a Greek school or university,
- 10% of the educational expesnes for a taxpayer and dependents up to a maxiumum of EUR 100,
- 10% on accrued interest on mortgage housing loans according to certain conditions.
Income tax rates for 2012:
- 0.00% for the first EUR 12’000, (submit receipts to qualify for the tax exemptions),
- 18.00% from EUR 12'000 to EUR 16'000,
- 24.00% from EUR 16'001 to EUR 22'000,
- 26.00% from EUR 22'001 to EUR 26'000,
- 32.00% from EUR 26'001 to EUR 32'000,
- 36.00% from EUR 32'001 to EUR 40'000,
- 38.00% from EUR 40'001 to EUR 60'000,
- 40.00% from EUR 60'001 to EUR 100'000
- 45.00% over EUR 100'001.
Between May 4th and June 1st, in the year following the tax year (for employees).