Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Thursday announced in parliament that an amendment will allow extension of an extraordinary surtax on real estate via the new taxation system beyond the initial two years envisaged for the measure.
He announced that the amendment will also make the long-term unemployed exempt from the tax, with certain provisos relating to income and property values. The tax will also be levied in 2012, after which it will be  incorporated into the national tax system, following a re-examination of the taxation rates.