Capital controls trigger big rise in card use and VAT revenues, Bank of Greece data shows

EconomyMacroeconomy Tags: BoG, Revenues, Taxes

The significant increase in the use of debit and credit cards after the imposition of capital controls in July 2015 is having a positive impact on VAT revenues by improving collectability, the Bank of Greece (BoG) concludes in its interim monetary policy report published last Friday.

In contrast, the recent rise in the VAT rate is having a negative effect on VAT revenues and the BoG suggests the launch of more initiatives to widen further the use of cards as well as the lowering of VAT rates to previous levels.

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