By Evie Andreou
The tax department sought a man 30 years after his death and was told by his granddaughter that he had ‘changed address,’ providing them with detailed directions where to find him at the cemetery.
The man’s granddaughter decided to inform the tax department that her grandfather had “moved” in July 1988 after receiving a letter last month asking the deceased to settle his tax arrears.
The letter did not mention how much the man had to pay.
In a letter that became viral on social media, the woman informed the tax department last week that they could visit her grandfather at his final resting place at the cemetery of Vorios Polos, in Nicosia.
“Some 200 metres from the entrance, you will see a small garden faucet to your right, at the end of the path, you will find him under a cypress tree,” the woman wrote.
She also expressed concern that her grandfather, may not be able to respond, “as he has been in that permanent residence for 30 years now.”
She pointed out that during the last 30 years, there has not been a single letter from the tax department that her grandfather, who had not changed address, owed them money.
It would be best, the woman said in her letter, for the state to go after the usual suspects who owe millions in taxes, “instead of turning a blind eye, lest it hurt their (tax dodgers) feelings.”
Her grandfather, she said, was a pensioner between 1981 and 1988 when he died, and with no other income other than his pension.
The granddaughter added that she didn’t think he would help much in sorting out “the chaos caused to the state coffers” by those who “hoard government positions” and who had always been abusing public money.
The woman also asked the tax authority to contact the district administration offices to get a confirmation of her grandfathers’ passing as the man’s death certificate had not been found in the government’s electronic system.
The family had lost the original death certificate and were told to have another one issued, and despite the fact the date of the man’s death was registered with the district administration, they said they would have to follow a time-consuming procedure, she said, “for yet another mistake of our impeccable state.”
The tax department said on Thursday in a written statement that it had at the start of the year launched a campaign aimed at settling arrears and had sent letters to taxpayers who owed money.
It said that due to the fact that in some cases, relatives or heirs of deceased persons did not inform the tax department of their passing, “there is possibility that letters have also been sent to such persons (deceased).”
Therefore, it said, in such a case, administrators or heirs are encouraged to inform the tax department by submitting a letter so that the service’s records are updated and for the deceased person’s debt to be written off if it is in line with provisions of the relevant legislation.