Greece to introduce Continuous Transactions Controls (CTCs) for domestic and cross-border transactions

Greece myDATA

Greece introduced a new Continuous Transaction Controls (CTC) scheme, myDATA – an eAccounting system with eReporting elements, that requires taxpayers to transmit transactional and accounting data to the tax administration, in real-time or periodically, which populates a set of online ledgers maintained on the government portal. With taxpayers transmitting transaction data to the government portal myDATA system brings Greece in line with the global trend towards CTCs.

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Mandate Quick Facts

  • The myDATA scheme applies to Greek taxpayers obligated by law to keep their accounting records as per the Greek Accounting Standards. It covers B2B, B2G, and B2C transactions.
  • myDATA eBooks record: a summary of income and expense transactions, classifications of transactions, accounting adjustments which aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the taxpayer’s accounting and tax results.
  • When businesses file their tax returns, the data declared in them will be reconciled against the data in the eBooks.
  • A discrepancy between the eBooks and the tax returns triggers a two-phased reconciliation process whereby the taxpayer should correct the resulting difference, otherwise audits or penalties will be incurred.

Mandate Rollout Dates

  • 1 October 2020: Go-live of voluntary reporting of income and expense as well as classifications through all reporting methods (except for reporting through e-invoicing vendors was enacted on 20 July 2020).

  • 1 April 2021: Go-live mandatory phase of myDATA.

  • 28 February 2021: Voluntary reporting of historical data issued from 1 Oct 2020 – 31 Dec 2020. If the issuer failed to report the data within this timeline, the recipient can report in March 2021. The issuer can accept them until 30 April 2021.

  • 31 October 2021: Deadline for mandatory reporting of historical data related to the period 1 January 2021 – 31 March 2021.

Penalties

Failure to achieve consistency between the data registered in the eBooks and the reported data in the tax returns triggers penalties or tax audits. Secondary legislation with details on the penalties is expected.

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