Greece’s revenue authority is running a new campaign to tell millions of visiting tourists about claiming receipts while in the country.
As Greece expects to break records for the number of visitors this year — official data from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, Fraport and Athens International Airport for the January-July period points to a major upsurge in people traveling to the country — tourists are being told about claiming paperwork for their payments.
The Independent Authority of Public Revenue campaign says: “According to the Greek law, all hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, car rentals and all suppliers of services or goods, (with only a few exceptions, as taxis and kiosks) must have POS and accept debit, credit or prepaid cards.
“Moreover, all the suppliers of goods and services must issue a receipt and give it to the customer. The consumer is not obliged to pay if he does not receive a legal receipt, ‘apodixi’ as it is called in Greek.
“The receipts must be issued by electronic cash registers. Handwritten receipts or receipts in a regular paper are not allowed.”
“So in all cases, before you pay you have the right to ask for a receipt and you are not obliged to pay if you don’t get one. It’s so simple to say in Greek: ‘Apodixi please’!
“One more thing. By using your card for your payments and asking for a receipt, you help the Greek Tax Administration collect taxes that are already included in the price you pay.
“Practically, you contribute to Greece’s financial recovery and offer us the opportunity to provide you with even better services next time you come to our country.”