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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 November 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2018 9 NEWS Two Greek Orthodox churches will cover all expenses for Tom Alexopoulos’ funeral The late Greek migrant, died in June, at 93 years of age, and remains unburied since, due to bureaucracy THEODORA MAIOS Two Greek Orthodox churches have offered to cover all funeral expenses for late Greek migrant, Anastasios Angelopoulos, whose body remains in the Townsville hospital's mortuary, since his passing last June, due to -what appears to be- an intransigent bureaucracy. "I spoke to Rev. Alexios Kapandritis earlier in the week and he confirmed that the Greek Parish Community of Saints Theodore, Townsville together with the Parish of St. John the Baptist, Cairns will proceed to cover all of my father's funeral costs," said Mr Angelo Angelopoulos. Following his father's death, Mr Angelopoulos sought financial assistance from the Coroner under the Queensland Government's Burial Assistance Scheme, as he was not in a financial position to cover his father's funeral costs. In his application, the 60-year-old Queensland resident also provided evidence to the Government that it is a requirement under Canon Law in the Eastern Orthodox religion to hold a church service prior to a burial service. Mr Angelopoulos was granted financial assistance on the condition that he didn't conduct a private viewing and a church service, despite there being no additional cost to the State for these apart from the cost of transporting the deceased to and from the church. Angelo Angelopoulos (L) with his late father Anastasios. Wise to accept now an inheritance in Greece What to do to avoid paying larger inheritence taxes, before the new measures are put into action CHRISTOS ILIOPOULOS The inheritance tax in Greece for the immediate family members is relatively low. For the spouse, the children, the grandchildren and the parents of the deceased, the tax – free initial amount is 150,000 euros for each of them. This means that each of these persons can inherit up to 150,000 euros worth of inheritance share and not pay inheritance tax at all, provided the deceased has died from 2010 and on and the inheritance tax declaration is filed within six months from the passing. For an inheritance share above 150,000 euros and up to 300,000 euros, the inheritance tax is only one per cent (1%), meaning only 1,500 euros for a share worth 300,000 euros. If the deceased died outside of Greece, or the heir lives outside of Greece, the time limit to file the inheritance tax declaration is twelve months from the passing. If there is a will left by the deceased, the time limits of six or twelve months to file the inheritance tax declaration start from the probation of the Will and not from the date of the passing. If the Will is executed outside of Greece, it must be probated at the country where it was executed and then it will also be probated in Greece, where it must be applied, if there are assets of the estate in Greece. In that case, the time limits to file the acceptance of inheritance start from the probation of the Will outside of Greece and not from the subsequent probation of the same Will in Greece. The tax – free amount of 150,000 euros for the above close of kin may be reduced the next months, since the lowering of the tax – free inheritance tax amount is an obligation of the Greek state towards its creditors, within the context of raising the taxes to collect revenue to pay Greece's debts. Any person, therefore, who is entitled to a share of an inheritance in Greece must bear in mind that the tax – free amounts for the heirs may be lowered soon. Thus, to avoid paying higher inheritance taxes or to avoid paying inheritance taxes at all, it may be wise to file now all paperwork to the tax office, the notary, the court, the municipality and to other Greek authorities, in order to take the inheritance share now and not later on. The main document which is required is the death certificate, which if from abroad, must be officially translated in Greek and have either the Apostille stamp, or the stamp of the Consulate of Greece in the foreign country, depending on the laws of that country. We will also need a copy of the passport of the heir(s), a power of attorney (POA) to be signed either at the Greek Consulate, or at a local notary in the foreign country with Apostille or at a notary public in Greece, and the close of kin certificate from the Municipality of birth in Greece, of the person who is deceased. To this end, it may be needed to register in Greece the marriage certificate of the deceased, if the marriage took place outside of Greece, as well as the birth of his/her children. The jurist who will organise the settlement of the estate in Greece, who is usually a lawyer, must have the list of assets of the deceased in Greece, and their description, in order to start the process of their evaluation for tax purposes. We must also check whether the deceased had declared the assets properly to the Greek tax office and whether these assets need today a more accurate description in the way of a modern survey map by a civil engineer. *Christos ILIOPOULOS, is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LL.M. www.greekadvocate.eu e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A law student himself, the 60-year-old son alleges that the Queensland Government is engaging in religious discrimination and is in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). Together with Human Rights and Civil Rights lawyer, Klaire Coles, Mr Angelopoulos has lodged a complaint with the AntiDiscrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ). "My intention was never to beg for money, but to raise awareness about this matter which appears to be a case of religious discrimination that borders on disguised racism," added Mr Angelopoulos. "I would like to express my gratitude towards the two Greek Orthodox Churches for offering to cover my father's funeral costs, but I am even more determined now to continue to fight for the rights of the people that don't have a voice in Australia. This is very much a public interest issue and a human rights issue irrespective of religion, financial status or cultural background. "It's time to address it," he concluded. The funeral service of late Anastasios Angelopoulos who migrated to Australia with his wife Lygeri in 1957, will be conducted next Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Greek Parish Community of Saints Theodore, in Townsville. Kytherian Association of Australia honours former president Dr Victor Kepreotis The Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) honoured one of its longest serving president for almost 19 years Dr Victor Kepreotis, in a special event last month. In a Testimonial Luncheon held at the Kyle Bay on Georges River in New South Wales on Sunday 14 October, 200 plus people, including the Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife, and the Trade Commissioner of Greece Katia Gkikiza. Praised by several speakers who flew in from the USA, Germany, Athens and Kythera for the event, Dr Kepreotis stepped down from his role as president in June but remains a board member of the committee. Under his leadership, the Kytherian Association which is one of the oldest established Greek associations in Australia, has gone from a financially struggling association to one where it is now in a prosperous position, and as quoted by the Consul General of Greece "one of the most prominent and significant Associations of Greek Australians in Sydney". The association provides functions for varying interest groups while its members are of Kytherian descent often acting as a charity organisation that raises funds for various other charities. An example of some of the events the KAA provided successfully under Dr Kepreotis' helm is the annual Debutante Ball; many childrens' events such as bowling and movie nights; a wine making sub group; a four wheel drive and a recreation sub group; a ladies auxiliary group that organises theatre groups; visits to museums; Melbourne Cup and Mothers Day luncheons; there is also a soccer club, while until recently KAA held various cooking classes among several other activities. Victor (C) with Consul General of Greece Christos Karras and his wife Katia Gkikiza.
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