The tax administration should easily access the detailed files of some 3.5 million taxpayers with debts to the state from September with the activation of the Eispraxis database. The new system will record not only the arrears due, but also the sum of debtors’ income and assets.
Although the system was originally scheduled to start operating in April, the Independent Revenue Authority has promised the country’s creditors that it will not start later than this fall, due to delays in the development of its applications. The new debt management unit being created will have 1,100 specially trained officers.
The new online mechanism will pull information on taxpayers’ income and assets from all IAPR databases, such as Taxis, Icisnet and Elenxis, as well as from third parties (cadastre, banks, notaries, stock exchange, Ergani recruitment data, General Trade Register, etc.). It will also exchange information and data with other Member States of the European Union.
In addition to the main debtor, monitoring will extend to all parties (guarantors, associated companies, etc.) related to the debt to the tax administration.
Based on the above information, the State will be able to assess the economic capacity of each debtor to repay their debts, send them electronic messages for the settlement of their debts, notify them of any forced measures to be taken and organize the automatic compensation refunds to taxpayers.
In the event of non-compliance by the debtor, the tax administration will proceed with the confiscation of bank accounts, the seizure of income and property and, at a later stage, an auction.
The database will provide a real-time snapshot of each debtor’s financial situation at all times, allowing timely issuance of warnings and settlement proposals, as well as taking appropriate action in each case.
According to the latest IAPR data, 3,996,871 individuals and companies have debts to the tax authorities, while the state has already imposed forced collection measures on 1,332,050 debtors.