The Commission has sent requests to Greece to change two discriminatory inheritance tax rules.

The first relates to a tax exemption which Greek law allows on real estate inheritances. The exemption is only given to EU nationals who are residing in Greece and who do not own a primary residence. The Commission considers this to discriminate against EU and EEA nationals residing outside Greece, and an obstacle to the free movement of capital set out in the Treaties. The second request relates to a discriminatory provision whereby Greece allows a preferential tax rate for bequests to non-profit organisations in other EU/EEA States, solely on condition of reciprocity. The Commission considers that applying a condition of reciprocity results in discriminatory treatment that is an obstacle to the free movement of capital. The Commission's requests take the form of Reasoned Opinions. If Greece fails to comply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

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Rubriek: Europees belastingrecht

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