Social & Financial Benefits HCFA-TEAM February 16, 2023

Social & Financial Benefits

Tax Reliefs

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis with a disability percentage of more than 67% are entitled to a tax reduction of €200 from the taxable income or the tax.

Patients with a disability percentage of 80% or more should also complete codes (905) or (906) for income tax exemption on their income tax return.

Based on Law 4223/13 (article 7), a total exemption from the EN.F.I.A. is granted to taxpayers who themselves or their family members have a disability of more than or equal to 80%, with a family income of up to 12,000€, plus 1,000€ for the spouse and each dependent member, and a total building area of up to 150sqm.

The same full exemption applies under the same conditions to taxpayers with three or more dependent children.

In addition, a 50% deduction from the EN.F.I.A. is granted to taxpayers with a family income of up to €9,000, plus €1,000 for the spouse and each dependent member, and a total building area of up to 150sqm, provided that the total value of the property does not exceed €85,000. 000 for a single person, €150,000 for a married person and their spouse or a single parent family with one dependent child and €200,000 for a married person, their spouse and their dependent children or a single parent family with two dependent children.

Under other conditions, taxpayers can benefit from other tax discounts.

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis and parents of patients with a disability rate of 67% or more are entitled to an exemption from real estate transfer tax for purchasing a primary residence.

Disability Card

Cystic Fibrosis patients with a disability rate of at least 50% are entitled to a Disability Card at https://karta.epan.gov.gr/

It can be issued as a printable document (like vaccination certificates) or in digital form on the Gov.gr Wallet app, so the beneficiary can have the Card on their mobile phone or on a plastic digital card.

The Disability Card does not include the beneficiary’s sensitive personal data, such as the disease and disability percentage, apart from the special markings provided (disability scale marking and marking on the need for an attendant). The scale I is indicated for those with a total disability percentage of 50% to 66%, the scale XI for those with a total disability percentage of 67% to 79% and the scale III for those with a total disability percentage of 80% and above.

Disability Card holders may, on presentation of their Disability Card:

  • be given priority in public services and receive all necessary facilities
  • use it as a document in lieu of a disability certification certificate for the data recorded on the card

* At a later stage, a personalised list of benefits will gradually be incorporated into the Card. For each new benefit that will be incorporated into the Disability Card, the registered beneficiary will be informed in the contact details he/she has registered in the system.

Social Public Power Corporation Tariff

PPC’s Social Household Tariff (SHT) is granted on the basis of the audited tax return of persons with a 67% disability or persons with dependents with a disability of 67% or more, as shown in their audited tax return for the year preceding the year of enrolment. These persons must have an annual taxable family income, actual or imputed, adjusted in the financial year preceding the year of admission (the financial year of admission), of less than the threshold applicable to the category of three parent families, without the deductions provided for in each case. The daily consumption must also be between 200 kWh and 1,700 kWh per quarter. Persons in this category are included in the category of vulnerable consumers and benefit from the Social Household Tariff.

The Social Household Tariff is also available to people on low incomes, three-parent families and the long-term unemployed.

Applications for the Social Household Tariff can be made online at www.idika.gr/kot.

Reduction or Exemption from Μunicipal Charges

Persons with disabilities are entitled to a total exemption from municipal taxes/fees or a reduction of up to fifty per cent (50%) by decision of the municipal or local council of the patient’s place of residence. The council may also establish income criteria based on the income tax return. The documents to be submitted by the beneficiary to the municipality where he/she resides are as follows

  • Application form
  • A photocopy of the identity card of the person living in the municipality where the application is submitted.
  • Certificate from the KEPA Health Committee
  • Photocopy of E1 of the tax return
  • Photocopy of the tax return
  • Photocopy of the PPC bill in the name of the beneficiary
  • Property contracts or lease contracts

Official Gazette 114/8-6-2006, article 202, paragraph 3 (Law 3463/2006)

Exemption from vehicle taxes

According to Ν. 4758/2020, ΦΕΚ Α’ 242 (άρθρο 72) , patients with cystic fibrosis and transplant patients with a disability of 67% or more are entitled to exemption from traffic and registration fees. In the case of minors, their parents are entitled to exemption for one vehicle until they reach the age of majority. This provision will apply to registration fees from 2021. Based on the AAD’s implementing circular (see here), beneficiaries must submit the following documents to their local tax office

  1. A request for exemption from road tax in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Law 1798/1988 (166 A), as amended.
  2. A declaration of responsibility, in accordance with Law 1599/86, in which the person concerned declares that he/she has not appealed to the Secondary Health Committee of the KEPAs.
  3. A certificate of disability issued by a primary or secondary health committee of the KEPA.
  4. A medical certificate from the KEPA certifying the results of an examination of a disabled person for the purpose of granting exemption from road tolls under Article 16 of Law No 1798/88.
  5. Photocopy of the identity card and the registration permit

To obtain the required medical certificate from the KEPA, you must: a) submit an online application to the KEPA here or b) send an e-mail to the relevant KEPA address for your region (list of e-mails here), attaching the application for exemption (application form here) and the certificate from the KEPA Health Committee.

Parking card for people with disabilities

Cystic fibrosis and transplant patients with a disability of 67% or more are entitled to an AMEA blue parking card. The car does not have to be wheelchair accessible to obtain an AMEA blue parking card. Disabled parking card holders are entitled to

  1. Park their vehicle in a wheelchair space
    a private parking space with a disabled badge in front of their home (by applying to the municipality where they live)
  2. Exemption from the ring road and free access to the centre of Athens
  3. Exemption from paying tolls
  4. 50% discount on the ferry tickets of their vehicle

ΦΕΚ Α’ 242, άρθρο 72 (Ν. 4758/2020)

For the issuance of a disabled parking card in a vehicle owned by the beneficiary patient, the following documents must be submitted to the competent Transport Service of the place of residence:

  1. Application form
  2. A photocopy of the car licence (does not need to be a wheelchair accessible vehicle)
  3. Photocopy of driving licence (no need for a motor vehicle licence (no need for a motorcycle)
  4. Certificate of Disability
  5. Certification from a Primary or Secondary Health Committee of the CDCs
    Medical Certificate of KEPA stating that they are beneficiaries of article 16 of Law 1798/88
  6. Certification of residence (PPC – OTE etc.)
  7. Two photos
  8. Declaration that the Parking Card will be used in the specific vehicle and only to serve the needs of the disabled person and when the disabled person is in the vehicle (in case the beneficiary does not have a driving licence).

According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Transport (here), if a disabled person is unable to travel in a vehicle registered in his or her name, the following documents must be submitted to the competent transport service in the place of residence

  1. A certificate of disability issued by a primary or secondary health committee of the KEPA.
  2. Medical certificate from the KEPA stating that they are beneficiaries of Article 16 of Law 1798/88.
  3. A copy of the driving licence of a private car that will be used for the disabled person’s travel and that belongs to either the parents, children or spouse, as the case may be.
  4. A copy of the driving licence and a copy of the leasing contract signed by the entitled persons (disabled person, parents, children, spouse).
  5. A copy of the driving licence, a copy of the leasing contract concluded by the company in which the entitled persons are employed and a certificate from the legal representative of the company that the car in question has been made available to them for their use under the employment contract concluded by them.
    a declaration that “the use of the parking card will be made in the specific vehicle registered and driven exclusively by a parent or child or spouse, depending on the ownership of the vehicle, and only for the purpose of meeting the needs of the disabled person and when the disabled person is in the vehicle”.

The date of validity of the parking card will be taken into account.

Patients who need to convert their driving licence to a disability licence should follow the steps below:

  1. Obtain a medical certificate from the attending physician containing the same information as the CDC certificate.
  2. With the attending physician’s opinion, request a medical certificate from a contracted physician, which will include code 107 (there is a time limit on the administrative validity of the categories of licence, for medical reasons, required for its issue) and the validity of the licence for a limited period (usually 15 years).
  3. require a medical certificate from a certified ophthalmologist
  4. have two photographs
  5. With the above documents, go to the local Ministry of Transport office and pay a fee to obtain a disabled driving licence, which must now be renewed every few years as opposed to 40 years for a non-disabled licence.
Mobility Card for Disabled Persons

Persons with a degree of disability of more than 67%, regardless of the insurance company, are entitled to a Disabled Persons’ Mobility Card based on the opinion of the KEPA Health Committee. Their annual income, individual or family, based on the tax return from the tax office, must not exceed a certain amount (set by the Ministry of Health).

It is issued by the KEPAs and provides for free travel on public transport and a 50% discount on domestic long-distance bus services operated by KTEL, provided that the beneficiaries are permanently resident in one of the country’s regional units. The beneficiaries and their documents for the year 2023 can be found here.

Beneficiaries residing in Attica can obtain the personalised electronic ticket Ath.ena card for free travel on buses (including airport express lines), trolleybuses, metro (and to/from the airport), HSTAP, trams, urban railway. To get the Athe.ena card click here.

Toll exemption

Holders of a parking card for Disabled are entitled to exemption from toll payment by showing the card. Attiki Odos is not included in the benefits. Holders traveling via the Rio-Antirio Bridge have a €5 discount on the Rio Antirio tolls.

To issue an electronic card for the Aegean Motorway, you can apply here  and for a Fast Pass on Nea Odos and Central Odos here.

Ferry Discount

Cystic Fibrosis sufferers with a disability percentage of 80% are entitled to a 50% discount on individual ferry tickets. Also, by showing their Parking Card for Disabled People, they are entitled to a 50% discount on the ferry tickets regarding their vehicle.

ΦΕΚ, Β’, 1129/2014

Free Entry to Museums

Cystic Fibrosis patients with a disability rate of 67% or more are entitled to free admission to:

  • museums
  • archaeological sites
  • monuments of the country
Social Tourism Program

Patients with Cystic Fibrosis, who are registered in the Special Registry of Unemployed Disabled Persons of the DYPA (formerly OAED) are entitled to participate in the DYPA Social Tourism Programme.

The accommodation of beneficiaries and their beneficiary members in tourist accommodations in Greece that participate in the programme and are included in the “Register of Providers” of DYPA, as well as their ferry transportation to these accommodations, is subsidized.

The application can be made here.

More information about the Programme here.

Μilitary service Exemption

Patients with cystic fibrosis are considered unfit for military service (I5) and are immediately discharged, as they are considered to have a serious health problem that does not allow them to perform their service but requires their discharge. Conscripts called up for military service are examined by the Special Recruitment Board of the recruitment centre, or by the Discharge Committee to which they are referred by the recruitment centre, in order to determine their ability to fulfil their military obligations. In order to establish the existence of the condition, the relevant medical reports and certificates must be submitted. Further information is available here and on the website www.stratologia.gr.