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Community taxes discriminatory to foreigners?

RESIDENTS living in a village some 10 miles to the south of Paphos town wrote to me complaining that the local taxes they were being charged by their local Community were higher than those being paid by their Cypriot friends and neighbours.

I suggested that they write to the Commissioner, expressing their concerns on this matter and it looks as if this advice may have paid off. A brief article on this issue was published in today’s Cyprus Mail:

Foreigners pay

THE COMMISSIONER said she had received many complaints about the amount of community taxes paid by European citizens.

In one case the crucial criteria concerned the imposition of higher duties to the inhabitants of the “coastal area” of a community, inhabited mainly by European citizens; and in another to the inhabitants of “villas” without specifying the separation of “houses” and “villas”.

“The Commissioner concluded that there is a prima facie issue of a possible indirect (covert) discrimination against them on the grounds of nationality/citizenship,” said the report.

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As the article omits to mention the name of the Community, I cannot confirm that it is the same one that people complained to be about.

If anyone else has been the subject of this or any similar discriminatory practice involving the public authorities, they should complain to The Office of the Commissioner of Administration (Ombudsman) so that the matter can be investigated.