Greek lawyers protest new austerity tax

May 21, 2010 Lawyers in Greece are engaged in protest against the harsh fiscal measures put in place to stave off national default, which include a new 21 per cent tax on legal services. There have been two three-day strikes – one at the end of March and another in mid-April.

The levy on legal services is put in place in response to large scale tax evasion from white collar professionals, with lawyers said to be the worst offenders. The Government hopes that the addition of a sales tax to the provision of legal services will enhance the transparency of the system an encourage a more accurate accounting of income.


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