Greece to allow paying taxes with foreign credit and debit cards

Greeks and foreigners will finally be able to pay taxes, duties and fees in Greece with cards issued abroad.

It is reported that the Independent State Revenue Authority has already started the public consultation process, and the contractor for the project will be identified within 15 days. Payments to the state through foreign credit and debit cards are expected to become possible during the first quarter of the year, daily kathimerini reports.

According to cathimerini, Greeks living abroad, if they, for example, have to pay inheritance tax, will soon be able to pay their dues either through Taxisnet or by visiting the tax office in person and paying at the point of sale (POS) terminal using a foreign debit or credit card.

Also, the owner or user of a yacht moored in a Greek port will be able to pay the mooring dues using their foreign card. Until now, the collection of such taxes and payments has been a rather complicated procedure, but this will also be done through PoS, according to daily reports.

Currently, IAPR, in cooperation with Interbank Systems SA (DIAS), accepts transactions with cards issued in Greece, both with physical presence (Card Present) and without it (e-POS – Card not Present).

IAPR has a network of 265 point-of-sale electronic money transfers (EFT/POS) at tax and customs authorities throughout the country. This network is likely to be modified by the abolition or addition of new fixed terminals or mobile points.

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