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article imageGolden Dawn raises issue of tax-free salaries for MPs

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 29, 2013 in World
Athens - Golden Dawn MP Illias Kasidiaris sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Finance, Yiannis Stournaras, complaining about the excessively low rates of taxation applied to Members of Parliament.
Kasidiaris pressed for a drastic reduction in the salaries of MPs and in the level of funding for political parties. According to xryshaygh Kasidiaris described the "corruption and immorality of the political system to maintain the tax-free for almost all MPs."
Stournas confirmed in a letter to parliament that the lawmakers who rule on prohibitive taxation for the electorate enjoy tax free status on almost two-thirds of their income. Proto Thema reported Stournas admitted that 65 to 75 percent of parliamentary income is exempt from taxation. PT then cited a number of instances where parliamentarians escape much of the tax burden, using the example of former Prime Minister former George Papandreou whose annual parliamentary income was €91,142, of which €64,986 was tax free.
As to political funding xryshaygh reported "KKE (Communists) and Syriza only in the last decade have received more than 100 million euros of state funds only as grants (ie without the wages of their members.)
Golden Dawn received no public funding in the recent handout of political funding. Party MPs use a large portion of their salaries to purchase food and necessities for vulnerable Greeks hit by austerity.
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