– A Cretan Writes A Heartfelt Letter To The Greek IRS (ZeroHedge, July 16, 2012):
The Greeks, who have long since become Guniea Pigs for Europe’s real time experiment in restructuring itself without actually i) impairing any debt, ii) injecting new capital, or iii) having any idea what the endgame really is, are increasingly starting to just say no and revolt. Yes – the small Mediterranean country may have fallen off the front page news briefly, or until the current government is also ejected bringing us to a repeat of late May, early June, its citizens are getting ever bolder in refusing to comply with the relentless attempts of the European superstate to syphon off as much wealth as it possible can from the weakest and the poorest.
To wit, in the letter below, posted in Greek website aixmi.gr, comes from a disgruntled taxpayer who was “assessed” some rather crusing taxes. Showing his outrage at the manner in which- especially this year- the Greek IRS tax hikes are crushing weaker, lower income families, the Cretan ctiziens has sent the following letter to the Tax Office of Ierapetra.
Read on for the the full text of his letter:
To: Dept of the Treasury, Ierapetra Tax District
Taxpayer Aretouli C. Nicholas, a resident of the County of Ierapetra.
In the Income Tax Assessment Notice that you sent me you claim a “purported” income of 8863 euros, which I never saw and never wanted to earn.
1. For my residence with an assessed value by you of 13653.68 euros as of 10/08/2010, situated in the village of Panakiana Municipality of Ierapetra, without even working electricity, you assume & declare a presumptive taxable income of 4,080 euros, about 1/3 of the property’s value, while one can easily locate homes in our area with only 150 euros a month rent (1.800/annually).
2. You presume a basic subsistence income of 3,000 euros. Unfortunately for you, because of my anti-consumerist and eco-friendly ideology and lifestyle I’ve been living since 1995, me and my partner (2 persons total) survived with only 2126.5 euros for an entire year, including the cost of gasoline for my car which is used principally for agricultural work. So you’re asking for taxes representing 1/4 of my annual level of basic subsistnce!
3. For my vehicle, ’91 model with engine capacity 750cc and with €300 annual insurance & registration fees costs, and maintenance covered by myself personally (as a former engineer), you assume & declare a presumptive taxable income of 2,000 euro.
After all that I analyzed above, and hereby invoking the last article of the Constitution I declare the following:
a) Faced with the choice not to eat for three (3) months or to pay the tax you’re demanding I’ll choose not to pay a single penny.
b) Faced with the choice to commit suicide or become a murderer, I’ll choose to murder you.
c) If you have not made an error with this Income Tax Assessment Notice that you’ve sent me, then you’re a bunch of cheats and scoundrels and thieves.