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11 April, 2021
 
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Woman tells tax office how to reach dead grandpa

Cyprus government blunder with tax letter addressed to dead man met with sarcasm and humour

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A Cypriot woman responded to a tax office letter addressed to a dead man, giving officials detailed instructions where exactly they could find her grandfather buried 30 years ago in a cemetery to collect unpaid taxes.

An apparent blunder by government tax auditors was met with sarcastic humour last week, when the tax office sent a letter to man who passed away 30 years ago.

In their letter, the state officer gave a deadline for payment settlement in January 2019 while also adding that in case of dues having been paid, the addressee ought to ignore the letter.

But his granddaughter took it upon herself to respond to the tax officers, giving them the exact location of her grandfather, telling them he had been dead for 30 years.

'To collect taxes, you may go to Vorios Polos Cemetery, at the entrance move forward some 200 metres, on your right you will see a small water fountain...'

“For tax collection, you may go to Vorios Polos Cemetery, at the entrance move forward some 200 metres, on your right you will see a small water fountain, then take the path until you reach the end, where you will find him underneath the cedar tree,” she wrote.

“I don’t know if he will be able to help you but that’s where he can be found, since it is his permanent address on file for the last 30 years!! He moved there on **/*/1988,” she added sarcastically.

The responder also refused in advance to go through the bureaucracy of securing a copy of the death certificate, saying the undertaking seemed enormous after speaking with the Citizens Service Centre to find out it was never digitized.

Other are milking the cow

She then recommended they call the district administrator to confirm the death of her grandfather 30 years ago, and offered the suggestion that a pensioner for seven years, before passing away, would have hardly made a dent in the “chaos of state funds caused by those who are milking the cow for… virtually ever.”

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