If you owe any back taxes(like we did). The government of Greece will contact the bank(Trapeza Pireaus was ours), and without notifying you at all they will drain the account. Imagine my surprise when attempting to use the ATM only to find out my account was negative several thousand euros.
The law changed in March allowing direct confiscation without any reference to the taxpayer. There are some protections and limits, mainly relating to salary or pension payments, but the taxman essentially has fairly free access. They can’t take from accounts with balances below Eur 1000.
well to clarify, they placed a charge on the account for several thousand euros. Which changed our balance from 650 euros to show a negative balance. When we went to the bank to ask what the charge was, we were informed it was from the tax office and there was nothing we could do about it and to consider that 650 euros that we had in the bank gone.
I was shocked, to simply go into someones account with no warning, and to empty it, leaving them nothing to live on, no money for rent, or for medicenes(thank god i keep my wife with a 2 month supply). Just sickens me.