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Circulation tax


Circulation tax or τέλη κυκλοφορίας (teli kykloforias) applies to all vehicles with Greek license plates, which are registered at the tax office as active. It is a road tax paid to use a vehicle on a public road, known in other countries as a registration fee, motor tax or excise duty.

In a bid to cut approximately 80 million euros in costs, no printed tax invoices are sent by mail and no stickers are issued as proof of payment from November 2012.

*Article last updated on February 8, 2014.

Summary

The article covers:

  • How circulation tax is calculated and when it’s due
  • How to access and print a bill
  • Payment options
  • How to withdraw a vehicle from circulation.

How much will I pay?

Circulation tax is calculated according to engine capacity, and rates are subject to change annually.

For 2014:

  • From 51 cc to 300 cc: 22 euros
  • From 301 cc to 758 cc: 55 euros
  • From 786 cc to 1071 cc: 120 euros
  • From 1072 cc to 1357 cc: 135 euros
  • From 1358 cc to 1548 cc: 240 euros
  • From 1549 cc to 1738 cc: 265 euros
  • From 1739 cc to 1928 cc: 300 euros
  • From 1929 cc to 2357 cc: 660 euros
  • From 2358 cc to 3000 cc: 880 euros
  • From 3001 cc to 4000 cc: 1000 euros
  • From 4001 cc and above: 1320 euros

*Vehicles of 50 cc and under (i.e., mopeds, scooters) do not pay road tax. Hybrid vehicles get a discount or sometimes incur no tax.

Rates are unchanged from 2013.

Road tax for taxi cabs is calculated at a higher rate, and a 10 percent surcharge applies to trucks/lorries and buses.

Using the vehicle’s age as a criterion was abolished on January 1, 2011.

Luxury tax

All vehicles registered after 2002 with an engine capacity over 1929 cc will be assessed a 2014 luxury tax, which can be found under ‘Υπηρεσίες προς Πολίτες à Φόρος Πολυτελείας’ on the gsis.gr website and printed if they didn’t receive a notice by mail. It must be paid by January 31, 2014.

Vehicles with engine capacity of 1929 cc to 2500 cc pay 5 percent; and those 2501 cc and above pay 10 percent.

*A Finance Ministry announcement rescinded the availability of a monthly plan (November, December, January) on November 13 but extended the due date.

Surcharge for vehicles registered after November 2010

Passenger cars registered for the first time in Greece on or after November 1, 2010 are also assessed a ‘green fee’, according to grams of carbon emissions (CO2) per kilometer:

  • 0 – 100 (g/km): None
  • 101 – 120 (g/km): 0.90 euros
  • 121 – 140 (g/km): 1.10 euros
  • 141 – 160 (g/km): 1.70 euros
  • 161 – 180 (g/km): 2.25 euros
  • 181 – 200 (g/km): 2.55 euros
  • 201 – 250 (g/km): 2.80 euros
  • 251 and above (g/km): 3.40 euros

Vehicles from another EU member state

First read, “Registering your car in EU countries” to determine if and when you need to exchange license plates. Not all vehicles need to be registered. It depends on your citizenship, length of stay, residency status and reason for being to Greece.

Also helpful: “Importing a car into Greece” and first-hand information on customs and circulation tax from Eri, found below in Comments on February 7, 2014.

When it’s due

Deadline to pay every year is December 31 for the following year. For example, the last day to pay 2014 fees is December 31, 2013. Many wait to the last minute and insist on paying cash, which creates long lines at banks, post offices and tax offices after Christmas.

In 2013, some 29,000 people did not pay or submit paperwork to withdraw vehicles from circulation. In 2014, that figure skyrocketed to 200,000 with only 5.37 million vehicle owners paying their bills on time and generating over 1 billion in tax income for state coffers.

*Deadline was extended to January 3, 2014, if paying at the post office or online. Tax offices had already closed for the long holiday weekend on December 31.

Paying late

The penalty for paying late is double the circulation tax.

Circulation tax invoice may not be reused

A printed bill

The bill has two, non-identical parts — the first being for the vehicle owner, and the second for the bank or post office if making payment at these locations. It shows the name, AFM, amount due and the license plate number (circulation number)* in blue text and the payment code at the bottom in black.

*Elements were removed to protect the privacy of person who allowed me to scan it.

How to access and print an invoice

Circulation tax invoices are available online at TAXISnet via gsis.gr as of early November each year, though there is typically a delay due to the system not being ready. *Note that the Ministry of Finance has not changed the date from 2012, but the link is correct and friends and readers report that the system is working.

1. Go to Εφαρμογή Εκτύπωσης Τελών Κυκλοφορίας Αυτοκινήτων.

2. Press the blue ‘ΕΙΣΟΔΟΣ‘  button.

3. Enter the ‘ ΑΦΜ‘ (AFM/Greek tax number) and ‘Αριθμός Κυκλοφορίας‘ (Arithmos Kykloforias/circulation number aka, license plate number) of the vehicle you wish to access.

4. Press the ‘Αναζήτηση‘ button to request the invoice and verify that the AFM and license plate number match records in the database.

5. If they match, the message in red will say: ‘Επιτυχής αναζήτηση. Πατήστε Εκτύπωση‘ (Search successful. Press Print).

6. Press the ‘Εκτύπωση‘ (Print) button. It allows you to view and print (if connected to a printer) or save as a PDF by clicking the download button on your browser window. You can print more than once, if necessary.

If the database returns an error or no match is found, you need to contact the tax office to update or correct the vehicle’s records.

Taxpayers can also access their records at gsis.gr with their TAXISnet username and password, but the method above is quicker and easier.

*Greece first announced its intention to implement an online system in 2010, but it did not go live until December 23, 2011, which was too late for the 2012 year. In 2013, the system experienced problems and the availability date was changed four times.

No Internet access, no printer?

If you do not have Internet access or a printer:
a) Ask a friend/relative;
b) kindly ask permission at work, if possible and appropriate;
c) go to an Internet cafe, photo/photocopy shop, office with a printer;
d) visit a post office in Greece with your AFM and license plate number.

Certain banks, such as ATE Bank, Piraeus Bank and TT Hellenic Postbank, also offer the option to retrieve your invoice and online payment code, with only your AFM and license plate number.

Those with Internet access but no printer can look up the payment code, then pay online or by phone without needing to print an invoice.

Where or how to pay

Payment of circulation tax can be made via:

  • Post offices. See, “Find a post office” at the official ELTA website.
    *As of November 29, 2011
  • Banks: In person, via ATM and by phone. Which ones? Contact the bank in Greece you do business with and proceed from there.
  • Online using Web/e-banking, easypay.gr
    *Available 24/7, no lines!

Less than 7 percent of vehicle owners pay circulation tax via e-banking.


Tax sticker from imerisia.gr

Proof of payment/stickers

Silver-and-blue stickers or σημάτα (simata) — known to some as a tax disc or vignette — are no longer issued as proof of payment, but police vehicles equipped to access database information will be able to verify if the owner of a truck, car or motorcycle/motorbike has paid circulation tax using the license plate number.

Those who paid in person at the tax office, post office or bank should keep their receipt; and those who paid online or by phone are encouraged to keep a bank statement or other evidence at hand. Not all police vehicles have the relevant technology.

Turning in license plates — tovima.gr

Withdrawing a vehicle from circulation

Persons who cannot or do not wish to pay the road tax can withdraw their vehicle from circulation.

To do this, you need to visit a tax office in person and bring the following items:
a. Άδεια κυκλοφορίας αυτοκινήτου/Circulation permit
b. Πινακίδες/License plates
c. Φωτοτυπία της δήλωσης εισοδήματος που να αποδεικνύεται ποιος είναι ο κάτοχος του Ι.Χ./Photocopy of income tax statement to prove you own the vehicle
d. Το αποδεικτικό ότι έχουν πληρωθεί τα τέλη του 2013/Receipt proving you paid circulation tax for 2013. All past taxes must be paid as a prerequisite.
e. E9 statement showing that you own or rent a space to park the stationary vehicle. If you do not own or rent a parking space, a friend or relative with a parking space can sign a dilosi stating they are letting you use theirs and have it stamped at the police station. Present this along with a photocopy of their E9.

It is not necessary to have insurance on a withdrawn vehicle.

At the tax office, you’ll be asked to fill out an application.

Tax offices typically keep licenses plates for one year. However, given the economic climate, the Finance Ministry announced on January 2, 2013 that plates would be stored indefinitely to reduce state costs and eliminate bureaucracy for those wishing to put vehicles back in circulation beyond 12 months, which can be done by simply paying that year’s road tax and picking up the plates. – the license plates are destroyed (though they often keep them longer). If they destroy them, you apply to the Ministry of Transport and tax office to issue new license plates and pay a small fee.

Since the recession began in 2009, a steady and increasing number of vehicles have been abandoned or withdrawn from circulation and the road death rate has fallen to 1974 levels. A half million licenses plates have been surrendered to date.

Have a question or comment?

In the interest of transparency, I do not own a vehicle in Greece. This article is based on extensive research and translations I performed, plus three friends who granted me access to private information about their cars, tax information and recent/past experiences. I will not ask them to answer questions from readers.

  • Billing errors, tax questions and further information on withdrawing a vehicle from circulation should be directed at the tax office.
  • Banking inquiries and those needing payment assistance should seek out customer service.

Actual experience and corrections that may enrich this article and help others are welcome.

Sources

I primarily use Greek-language sources and first-hand experience because official websites and English-language newspapers give little detail, are often incorrect and rarely match what happens in real life.

– First-hand information from friends C.T., Y.M. and N.K.
– Reader ‘Steve’ who sent me a gsis.gr link on November 23 via Twitter, which was invalid but still helped me find the right one
Υπ. Οικονομικών: Δε θα καταστρέφονται οι κατατεθειμένες πινακίδες” — To Vima
Ο φόρος πολυτελούς διαβίωσης μαζί με το φόρο εισοδήματος από το 2014” — To Vima
Έρχονται τα σημειώματα του φόρου πολυτελείας για ΙΧ άνω των 1.929 κ.εκ.” — To Vima
Τέλη κυκλοφορίας ΙΧ: τέσσερις εργάσιμες για την πληρωμή τους” — To Vima
Και στα ΕΛΤΑ η εξόφληση των τελών κυκλοφορίας” — To Vima
Ξεκίνησε η ηλεκτρονική διάθεση εντύπων για τα τέλη κυκλοφορίας” — Ta Nea
Τέλη κυκλοφορίας: Από την Τετάρτη 7 Νοεμβρίου η καταβολή τους” — To Vima
Road tax gets easier to pay” — Kathimerini
Online road tax payment system launched” — Kathimerini
Πώς θα κάνετε το Ι.Χ. ακίνητο” — Eleftherotypia
Και σε ΕΛΤΑ η πληρωμή τελών κυκλοφορίας” — Naftemporiki
Kαι από το internet η προμήθεια των τελών για το 2011” — Eleftherotypia
Σε όλα τα Ι.Χ. θα εφαρμόζονται τα «πράσινα» τέλη κυκλοφορίας” — Eleftherotypia
Τέλη πολλών ταχυτήτων” — Ta Nea
Χαράτσι 252 ευρώ για ίδιο Ι.Χ.!” — Eleftherotypia
Λιγότερα μποτιλιαρίσματα λόγω ΔΝΤ!” — Eleftherotypia
Η κρίση μείωσε τα τροχαία!” — Eleftherotypia
Δεν απαιτείται ασφάλιση για ΙΧ που έχουν κατατεθεί οι πινακίδες τους” — To Vima
Ανοίγει τη Δευτέρα η ηλεκτρονική εφαρμογή για τα τέλη κυκλοφορίας” — To Vima

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52 Comments »

  George wrote @ December 28th, 2012 at 16:09

Hi, thanks for this excellent information. I know you ask we go to tax office for further information on withdrawing a vehicle from circulation, but we foreigners all know what an awful, time consuming and painful experience this is. So was wondering if any readers have any idea or information on what happens if you ‘withdraw your vehicle from circulation’ and as you say, the plates get destroyed. What happens then, say after the year end or following years. Can the car be ‘back in circulation’ or can it be scrapped? Or used for a ‘withdrawal’ discount against a new or newer car? Or it is stuck in your (or your friend’s or relatives) driveway or land forever? (I mean who knows here in Greece??). An if any of the above are possible, what (countless) documents and payments/charges are involved? Thanks in advance for anyone who has some knowledge of this situation and takes the time to explain. Cheers and Happy New Year to you and all your readers.

Kat Reply:

Bureaucracy is burdensome for all persons in Greece, not just foreigners.

1. The section is about withdrawing it from circulation, but please read what it already says about taking it out. If I ever compile information about putting it back in circulation, a different article will be linked as this post is 1500 words.
2. A withdrawal program has been in effect since 2011, answering questions about discounts, replacing or junking an older vehicle, documents, fees, etc. See “Vehicle withdrawal program extended through 2013.”

If the vehicle is ‘stuck,’ that’s on the owner since he/she decides what to do with it and is responsible for taking action.

  peter wrote @ December 28th, 2012 at 18:58

Thanks for your article. I was waiting for the bill to arrive in my mailbox like every year. You saved me from defaulting. (I guess government doesn’t think its necessary to inform each vehicle owner.)

Kat Reply:

I also notified people in November on the Twitter news feed @livingingreece, which many find helpful.

Nice to see you again, and always a pleasure to help people who have given back to the website.

  eric wrote @ January 1st, 2013 at 16:51

hi,
great site, priceless info, but i can’t find out how to print a form for a moped, could anyone help me out?
thanks a lot\eric

  tony wrote @ January 3rd, 2013 at 21:58

If your moped is under 50 cc you don’t need to tax it

Kat Reply:

Thank you for sharing that info. I’ll add a note to the article. All best!

  angeliki wrote @ January 15th, 2013 at 19:39
  Val wrote @ May 29th, 2013 at 23:21

Hi Kat, I have a hybrid vehicle and my circulation tax was zero this year!
Well, that’s what was printed on my form. I printed it off and carry it in my glove compartment.
Hope I read it right but last year I paid 6 euros for the year.

Kat Reply:

That’s awesome! I’m glad you’re still a reader and share these things with me. Nice to see you again :)

  Oskar wrote @ July 4th, 2013 at 17:36

We were not informed that the road tax 2013 has to be paid until 31st december 2012. Our tax for the moto is Euro 22 and according to the new rules, the tax is double if not paid in time.

We cannot understand why we had to pay Euro 52 (instead 44) at the tax office in Paros !

The people there could not explain why we have to pay the extra money !!

Kat Reply:

Circulation tax is due every year at the same time, so it’s a known deadline. Also, paying double for paying late is not a new rule. That’s always been the case.

I do not own a vehicle and everyone I know with a vehicle/moto pays on time, so I don’t know why you were required to pay 8 extra euros. To get an explanation, you could have demanded to speak to a manager or filed a complaint if staff were not helpful. You can also consult the Greek Ombudsman and file a claim for free at: http://www.synigoros.gr/?i=stp.en.how

  Claes wrote @ October 10th, 2013 at 19:09

Question 1:
What about the roules for this/next year??? I had to pay the dubble tax as a fine due to I didnt were i Greece November – January.
How to fix this??? My bank, Emporiki/Alpha, dont want to help due to they dont know the new roules. Leaving Greece end Oktober, coming back May.

Question 2:
Do you mean gsis.gr or webbanking at my account in Alphabank?
I think I can log in at gsis, and get the bill via my AFIMI and plate number.

Question 3:
When, is it possible to print out the bill of cirkulation tax for 2014 ?

Kat Reply:

Answer 1:
Banks don’t know because no one knows yet. New rates are posted later this year, and the article will be updated accordingly.

You can make arrangements to pay online. It’s not necessary to physically be in Greece to pay circulation tax.

Answer 2:
Answers are in the article, did you read it? In November/December, use instructions in ‘How to access and print an invoice.’ Pay the invoice using one of the methods in section ‘Where and how to pay.’

Answer 3:
I already answered this question. See the second sentence in Answer 2.

The option to print circulation tax invoices and pay online only began last year, so a “norm” hasn’t been established. Also, this is Greece – anything can happen.

All articles are updated on a rolling basis from daily news, so I’ll change the article when announcements are made.

*Future redundant questions will be deleted.

  Mike wrote @ November 2nd, 2013 at 14:23

I own a 1962 S2 Land Rover. I am considering transferring it from UK to Greek registration. I have been trying to find out if the zero Road Tax for vehicles over 25 years old applies in Greece as in the UK. Do you have any information?

Kat Reply:

Question is already answered in the article above. In section, ‘How much will I pay?’ it says that a vehicle’s age was abolished as a criterion. Therefore, road/circulation tax will apply.

  Jamie wrote @ November 5th, 2013 at 13:18

I have recently driven back to the UK in my Greek car and now wish to take it off the road and scrap it. Is there a way of withdrawing a vehicle from circulation without being in Greece?? Much appreciated.

Kat Reply:

As it says in the article above under ‘Withdrawing a vehicle from circulation,’ you need to appear in person and turn in your plates plus show proof that all tax had been paid to date.

I understand you couldn’t have driven back to the UK without plates.

Be aware that I cannot advise you because I don’t know the procedure for scrappage in the UK and how it harmonizes (or not) with what’s normally required for GR (license plates and #1-6 under section ‘Steps’ at “Vehicle withdrawal in Greece.” Therefore, you need to call the Greek tax office/eforia and ask.

  Barbara wrote @ November 19th, 2013 at 17:11

Thanks once again for up to date information regarding circulation tax. Today I had been trying the taxisnet site with no joy, probably due to my very limited Greek. Checked Living in Greece and have now printed all my paperwork.

Kat Reply:

Excellent! Feels good to be self-reliant, doesn’t it? Love to hear stories like this.

Thanks so much for your comment, and all best.

  Emmanouil wrote @ November 27th, 2013 at 12:42

As of this morning (27 Nov) the GSIS website gives:

Μ Η Ν Υ Μ Α

ΣΟΒΑΡΟ ΣΦΑΛΜΑ στη Βάση Δεδομένων :
ErrorLoc = ConnDB().makeConnection():1
OriginClass = com.gsis.year2012.telhkykl.service.TelhKykltBean
ErrorMessage = java.sql.SQLException
Internal error: Cannot obtain XAConnection weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourceLimitException: No resources currently available in pool inc00DS to allocate to applications, please increase the size of the pool and retry.. at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResourceInternal(ResourcePoolImpl.java:591) at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:343) at weblogic.common.resourcepool.ResourcePoolImpl.reserveResource(ResourcePoolImpl.java:330) at….

and so on. Austerity seems to be hitting their webserver resource pools too. Go figure!

Kat Reply:

GSIS has been known to crash intermittently due to overload or other unknown reasons. I tried it a few minutes ago and it was fine.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

  margaret wrote @ November 27th, 2013 at 19:30

Question 1:
we brought our car with us from uk . we bought it in uk new 2004 registered here in greece got greek plates 2012. got our luxury tax bill saying our car was under 5 years bill is for 440 euros . does this mean our car is considered new from when we registered here in greece. thanks

Question 2:
Thanks for your quick responce response to my question.Ihave asked a few people and they say that the car is taken from when it was first registered hear here in Greece. Now we are thinking of selling it if we can. Thanks again.

Kat Reply:

Answer 1:
Any car registered after 2002 with engine capacity over 1929cc is assessed luxury tax, so it doesn’t matter if it was 2004 or 2012. The age of the car is not a factor, as stated above in section ‘How much will I pay?’ It is determined by engine capacity.

If you have further questions, best to inquire at the eforia.

Answer 2:
I recommended that you inquire at the eforia because everyday people, Greeks and non-Greeks alike, often have no idea about what the law says and will make up an answer. You will seldom hear the words, “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure.” All best.

  zonars wrote @ November 30th, 2013 at 14:38

Your comment/question was moved to, “Should I move to Greece?

  Kati wrote @ December 15th, 2013 at 17:37

I am outside of Greece for the time being and need to pay the circulation tax online. Apologies for the silly question but what number is used as the addressee bank account to get the payment through?

Really appreciate your help and your website, it would have been a nightmare without it!

Just to clarify – If I enter the 25 digit number code only it is not recognised as a valid recipient – do I need some kind of a bank identifier in front such as GR, GR650, GR440? Thanks again

Kati

Kat Reply:

Wish I could help, but you didn’t provide enough info for me to give an answer relevant to your specific situation. This is the reason I say in the article that it’s best to receive advice directly from the bank you do business with.

  Carole wrote @ January 2nd, 2014 at 21:34

I live in UK but have a car in Greece for holidays at my home there. I only insure it for the summer and park it on my drive in the winter without insurance.

I have been told that a new law has come in that the car must be insured at all times or you must take the license plates to the tax office until you insure it. When you insure the car you can take the plates back for a fee. If you don’t insure the car or take the plates in you will be fined €700.
This includes car hire companies that only have a summer business.
Do you know if this is true.
Thanks in advance.

Kat Reply:

As it says in section ‘Withdrawing a car from circulation,’ all cars with license plates at the tax office before the deadline do not require insurance. If the car has license plates, it’s considered ‘in circulation’ and must be insured. This is not a new law.

Not turning in license plates by that year’s deadline requires the owner to pay the circulation tax plus the penalty (aka, double).

Driving without insurance incurs a 500-euro fine and removal of license plates a 150-euro fine, as stated at “Tickets and fines in Greece.”

I know nothing about how it affects car-hire companies.

  David wrote @ January 8th, 2014 at 22:57

Hi,
Messed up here. My car was in a crash Nov 2013. Still in garage and may never be on the road again as it is old and not worth it. Main dealer garage supplied details of (off road) 2000 jeep -engine 240K miles. Tax €880. Missed the deadline and tax office will not accept the plates back? Any ideas.

Kat Reply:

I don’t own a car and couldn’t find anyone who faced the same situation, so no ideas. Unless there’s a legal exception, you’ll need to pay the fee + penalty and then turn in the plates by end of 2014.

  Anna wrote @ January 8th, 2014 at 23:26

I am currently outside Greece (in Australia) as my daughter has had a baby. Consequently I have not paid my circulation tax on my car. I am due to return to greece sometime in february . Will I have any problems paying the tax? Grateful assistance. Can u please respond to my email address. Thanks.

Kat Reply:

You won’t have any problem paying it, but the fine is double the tax. Regardless of location, you could have arranged payment online or by phone before the deadline; something to keep in mind for the future.

*I do not contact people via email per my policy in “Comments, Questions and Contacting Me.”

  Owen wrote @ January 11th, 2014 at 19:50

I note that the age is assessed as new when importing a car, does this include ‘classic’ cars ie over 25 years old? Thanks.

Kat Reply:

Please see the answer I gave Mike on November 2, 2013.

If there is a cross-border agreement between Greece and the country from which it originates, you need to check with an adept tax lawyer or accountant for any exemptions or adjustments.

  DozeR wrote @ January 20th, 2014 at 01:09

Γεια σας!
Θέλω να αγοράσω ένα αυτοκίνητο στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό για την εξαγωγή. (Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση) Τι να κάνετε στην Ελλάδα;
Απλά πληρώσει για το αυτοκίνητο και να το πάρετε στο σπίτι (trailer); Μπορείτε είτε να πάτε σε έγγραφα του γραφείου; (Google Translate)
σας ευχαριστώ

Hi!
I want to buy a car in Greece and abroad for export. (European Union) What to do in Greece?
Just pay for the car and take it home (trailer)? You either have to go to office documents?
Thanx!

Christian from Hungary

Kat Reply:

You need to consult the Ministry of Transport, teloneio (customs office) and eforia (tax office). In some cases, a car dealership may be able to help you, but it’s safer to consult directly with Greek authorities and handle the transaction yourself or get help from an attorney if you do not know the language.

  Eri wrote @ February 7th, 2014 at 09:21

1:
Hello,
I arrived on october 2013 to greece with my car coming from Portugal, i made all the arrangements at the Customs office to obtain the greek plates.
In december i went to the tax office to pay the 2014 taxes, but no data were available with my AFM and my number plates.
Now i came back in january, no data still available, then they send me to the customs office again.
This time, they said that i have to pay double for the 2013 circulation tax (for all the year) and double for the 2014.

The person in the office didn,t seems to me to be very sure about that, also the taxes were claimed to be paid there and in cash, no tax number will be provided to pay in may bank or in the post office.

They said also that the tax is not on the age of the car but on the emmisions, so i have to multiply the engine capacity for a factor that depends on the emmisions according to a table (could be the table you showed as emmision taxes).

I dont know if this procedure is correct, i dont have any inconvenience in paying the taxes, of course, but i want to be sure that i’m doing it right.

2:
Hello,
Thanks for your efforts informing us.

I have just receive the rsponse from a legal consultant, so i have more light on this.

1.- For EU citizens Greek recognized the Directive 83/182/EEC, on temporal importation and all those Directives leading to avoid the Double Taxation between state members, so if i paid in the origin country the Circulation Tax for 2013, i am totally exempt to pay again in Greece (in other countries thera are different solutions, with partial payments in each country, but Greece decided to exempt for the arrival year). So no payment for 2013 and of course no penalty.

2.- For the 2014 issue, and since the customs seems not bo have comuniated to the trasportation ministry the arrival of the car, today (06 February) the car doesn’t exist, and is not my fault, but a administrative problem, i will be addressed to pay the 2014 tax when the administration finish clearing the expedient. So, no fine on me, and normal amount of payment for 2014.

3.- About the quantity of the tax, as the car entered Greece after November 2010 i have to pay ONLY the amount determined according to the emmisions, its to say, the product of the multiplication of the vehicle emissions by the amount of euros from the table (this is more expensive than the old tax, but is inteded to benefit to the owners of low contaminant cars, that is a real good point for the authorities).

I expect that the information would be helpful for all the people with similar doubts, especially those citizens coming from abroad to live among us, i know our burocracy is slow, but i have found similar matters in Portugal. The important is the information that the civil servant in charge has and his/her commintment in the duty.

Thanks to read to this point.

3:
Hello again,
I can add fresh information after succesfully paid the road taxes for 2014.

To clarify, just say that i was interedted in the payment of the circulation tax of a EU registered vehicle that i bring to Greece from Portugal, as i came in october to greece for my military service. So my case is suitable only for EU citizens with EU registered vehicles.

At last i have paid the 2014 tax, but only based on the capacity of the engine, since they apply the criteria of the first date of registration (in my case 1998) instead of the date of first registration in Greece.
This is an important criteria for those people with vehicles registered in the EU prior to 01 december 2012, that is the final deadline for the aplication of the “green” tax in Greece.
(The “green” tax replaces the old system as a unique payment and not as a surcharge to the previous one).

Due to the customs issue with the importation i had to pay for this time in the Customs Office, next year if still in greece i can pay using the gsis on line system but not this year.

Luckily neither surcharges nor penalties paid, and no double taxation required for 2013.

Thanks for the help, and i expect to be helpful for those in similar circumstances.

Kat Reply:

1:
There are no prorated or partial payments; you pay the whole year, even if the vehicle is registered in October, November or December. I realize it’s unfair to pay a penalty for 2013 since your vehicle wasn’t here and there was no way for you to pay by December 2012, but that’s how it works in Greece.

Again, I realize it’s unfair to pay a penalty for 2014 when it’s the fault of the tax office or customs office for not being expedient in these matters. But again, that’s how it is in Greece. A legitimate complaint can be filed, but it will take even more time and bureaucracy to resolve. That’s a personal choice.

Some transactions, especially those with special circumstances, must be paid at the tax office. Not unusual.

Regarding age and emissions, answers are quoted directly from the article above.
– In section ‘How much will I pay?’: “Using the vehicle’s age as a criterion was abolished on January 1, 2011.”
– Under the heading ‘Surcharge for vehicles registered after November 2010′: “Passenger cars registered for the first time in Greece on or after November 1, 2010 are also assessed a ‘green fee’, according to grams of carbon emissions (CO2) per kilometer.”

If you do not believe the tax office or what I wrote (and repeated), or there are other key facts and circumstances not disclosed or included in your message, please feel free to research other sources in Greek or consult an accountant and tax lawyer. All best.

2&3:
Many thanks for taking the time to come back and contribute that information, which will no doubt help EU citizens in a similar situation.

  MIrko wrote @ February 21st, 2014 at 15:02

Hi,

I read your site and information about circulation taxes in Greece.
Since, I am about to come to Greece to work, but not in Greek company but international, and will be paid by my firm in my native country, not in Greece and not by Greek firm, can you tell me what do I have to pay regarding circulation taxes, if anything?

That is, I will not stay permanently here, with my car. I will travel in and out of Greece every 3 to 4 weeks, for minimum 5 days staying in my native country with my car.

I am not leasing an apartment in Greece, but will make contracts for water and electricity.

Am I obligated to pay circulation taxes or not?

Finally, I am not an EU citizen.

Thank You!

Kat Reply:

Providing non-specific information does not help produce specific answers. Therefore, I recommend consulting the tax office, customs office and/or Ministry of Transport on circulation taxes.

If you are a non-EU citizen staying in Greece for 90 days in any 180-day period, and you intend on putting water/electric bills in your name, you are required to get a residence permit as a bare minimum. A visa isn’t enough, and going over the border doesn’t “renew” it.

  Rob wrote @ March 1st, 2014 at 13:12

Hello,
I am a South African and EU citizen.Dual passports. Am living in Greece on isle of Lesvos. I have been given a 1975 125cc motorcycle by a good friend who had scrapped the vehicle with the local authorities many years ago.I have restored the motorcycle to its original condition and now want to register this in my name and pay the required taxes and so have transport around the island. I have an official document stating that the vehicle now belongs to me signed by the the original owner..I would realy appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide.

Kat Reply:

You need to visit the Ministry of Transport office and tax office nearest you to inquire on reversing a ‘scrapped’ status, registering a change of ownership and settling circulation taxes.

  John G wrote @ April 5th, 2014 at 00:51

Hello all,
Just wondering if there was a way to get an emailed invoice from the ΓΓΠΕ before the registration is due at the end of every year.

Similar to a power bill from DEH that just gets sent out and you can pay with different options. Thanks again, love the website.

John

Kat Reply:

At this time, no. That is a very advanced concept for Greece, where half the population have never used a computer.

Thank you for the kind words. All best.

  John wrote @ May 23rd, 2014 at 15:25

Hello. I live in the US. I would like to contact via phone Taxisnet technical support as I am having issues logging on to http://www.gsis.gr. I am guessing that there is an issue with my password. When I enter my id, password and ______ it is not recognizing it. Thank you for your help.

Kat Reply:

Please get in contact with gsis.gr administrators by following these instructions or the tax office, as it says in the article above.

I run livingingreece.gr in my unpaid spare time to fill a void left by inadequate and inaccurate public services. I do not work for the Greek government or have access to your confidential records, but my taxes pay for staff to help you.

  Megan wrote @ May 30th, 2014 at 02:35

Your comment/question was moved to, “How non-EU citizens get a permit to live and work in Greece.”

  Dena wrote @ July 15th, 2014 at 02:13

Please let me know what is the circulation tax for my vehicle for one month use only. My vehicle is 2000cc.

Kat Reply:

Take a look at section, ‘How much will I pay?’ There are no prorated payments.

  Ian wrote @ July 22nd, 2014 at 10:59

1:
Hi
I am a regular visitor to the island of Lesvos my wife and I have a holiday home and we visit for holidays when we can. I have a Greek car in my name and up to last year the car was fully legal. We left the country at the beginning Dec 2013 and parked the car on the drive way too our house. We are here on holiday now and have decided to try and sell the car as our situation has changed and we are unable to visit Lesvos as much as before.
In the hope we can sell the car we were able to get the Kteo on the car for the next two years (insurance is in our name and paid and not part of selling details) But the Tax is out of date and not paid for this year and I have been told I can not sell the car without the Tax requirement.
My question is:
If I get somebody interested in buying my car can I simply TAKE OFF the price of last years circulation tax (road tax) PLUS the cost of the fine (270 euros in total ) and make it part of the sale so the new owner would pay 270euros LESS on the final selling price of the car to cover the cost of the TAX, would this be a reasonable and feasible solution and would the buyer and new owner of the car be able to then pay the 270 euros to the Tax office themselves (on line or otherwise) would this be possible for the new owner to do this or would I have to do this myself BEFORE selling the car??
We are here for only a short time and I don’t want to chase round trying to sort this out when I don’t really know what my legal obligation is, do I HAVE do it, can the new owner do it? Can I even sell my car without the circulation tax?
Thank you for your help.
Regards Ian

2:
Hi
Thank you so much for your detailed reply, it is very helpful.
I think I will just pay the outstanding CT on the car and stick to the selling price. This way the car will be totally upto date and legal with no outstanding debts which will make it far less complicated in the short and long term. I thank you for you help.
Ian

Kat Reply:

Hello,

I’m crazy busy but wanted to get back to you as soon as possible. There was a delay because, as stated above, I do not own a car and needed to request info from friends of various nationalities (GR, UK, US, FR, DE) on their first-hand experience.

The general consensus is the tax office/eforia will not transfer cars between owners unless circulation tax is paid and all outstanding fines (tickets, penalties, etc.) are cleared.

The only case where someone else paid circulation tax on a vehicle that wasn’t theirs was when a family member with the same surname did it in person with cash at a tax office or post office. I don’t know to what extent easypay or a bank needs the name and card/tax/address details to match when paying online, by ATM or phone (which is relevant to your situation, as the new owner’s payment details won’t match your name).

The drawbacks of not paying circulation tax yourself are:
a) The new owner is unlikely to buy the vehicle from you, knowing that outstanding tax/penalty is unpaid and you’re asking them to pay the full year’s fee when 7 months are already gone, aka, it will be more difficult to sell.
b) The new owner, knowing there is an outstanding/tax, wonders if there are other outstanding issues with the car.
c) You’ll need to give your private details to whoever buys the car from you.
d) You have no guarantee they’ll pay. If the tax and penalty remain outstanding, the car never gets transferred to the new owner and remains in your name and you will continue to be liable (debt, accidents, moving/parking violations). You won’t be here to sort it out.
e) The tax office/eforia is not obliged to conduct any transactions that appear out of the norm. And again, you won’t be here to sort it out.

It takes less than a minute to pay online and less than an hour to pay in person, so I’m not sure what you mean by ‘only here for a short time and don’t want to chase round to sort this out.’

What’s legal is not the issue in the short term, and there are thousands of tax laws with amendments passed every day. Also, as you know, Greece is a ‘results may vary’ country and implementation of the law is inconsistent. The issue is creating the best possible situation to sell your car and having everything sorted to prevent future and ongoing problems that may negatively impact you. All best.

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