As we mentioned in the May edition, useful written information can be obtained from your embassies in Athens which can help you to find out about many of the legalities required to live in Greece. The following information is taken from the British Embassy’s “Notes on Greece”:
Income Tax: Income tax is payable by all persons having income arising in Greece, regardless of nationality or place of residence. The total income acquired in the immediately preceding financial year is subject to income tax after the deduction of allowances and exemptions provided for. There is a bilateral taxation convention between the United Kingdom and Greece whose object is to avoid double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect of taxes on income, however, according to the Convention, persons are obliged to submit their tax declaration to the local tax authorities in their country of residence irrespective of where his/her income arises. For example, a pensioner living in Greece on his/her UK pension must submit a declaration to the local Greek Tax Office. The Ministry of Finance will then, upon request, issue a certificate for use with the UK tax authorities stating that the pensioner in question has been taxed in Greece. More information can be obtained from the Board of Inland Revenue, Somerset House, London SW2 and locally from the Greek taxation authorities or Ministry of Finance.
Unemployment Benefit: Persons who receive unemployment benefit in the United Kingdom and move to Greece in an effort to find work may continue to receive unemployment benefit in Greece from the local Manpower and Employment Organisation Office (OAED) for a period of three months. They should produce to their local OAED office form E303, which is issued by their local benefit agency in the United Kingdom. They must also register themselves at the same OAED office as unemployed within 7 days of signing off in the UK. If the applicant does not find work within three months he/she must leave the country.