Dep. FinMin Papanatsiou: The government will not impose new taxes

The government will not impose new taxes and will not lower the income tax threshold until 2018, Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou told public television channel ERT on Monday, adding the latter is a red line for the government in its negotiations with the institutions.

“Whatever we voted, it’s been voted,” she said, adding that if the government meets its fiscal targets and reduces tax evasion with the use of credit/debit cards it may even reduce indirect taxes in the future. Papanatsiou also estimated that public revenues in 2016 will have exceeded targets by 3 percent.

Asked about Greece’s talks with its creditors, the minister said the program review will conclude soon as the government has finished with 95 percent of the pending issues.