x

Society

SYRIZA Won’t Reveal Tax Cheat Collection Amounts

November 24, 2017

ATHENS – The results of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition’s promise to rein in tax cheats wasn’t made public in the government’s 2018 state budget sent to Parliament which didn’t reveal how much money was collected from them.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who reneged on anti-austerity promises and promised to “crush the oligarchy,” also made catching tax evaders a top priority but his imposition of an avalanche of tax hikes has driven up the phenomenon, figures show, pushing Greeks to find more ways to avoid paying as tax dodgers, politicians and the rich continue to largely escape a more than 7 ½-year-long economic crisis.

Authorities have imposed taxes and fines on hundreds of enterprises adding up to over 5 billion euros ($5.93 billion) but it wasn’t clear how much has been collected yet, the newspaper Kathimerini said.
The list of customs violations includes old and new cases, including a fine imposed on tobacco company SEKAP, whose owner – an ally of Tsipras – was exempted from paying the penalty and given a break.

Also detailed is the fine for unlawful fuel trade imposed on the company that owns the Agia Zoni II tanker which sank in the Saronic Gulf in September, releasing a large oil slick. It amounts to 411,471 euros ($487,690) the data showed.

There is another list of cases of tax law violation, but it does not include any names, probably because most of the enterprises and individuals concerned have resorted to the arbitration committee of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, the paper said.

The state has also imposed 153.7 million euros ($182.17 million) in fines this year concerning 918 cases of bogus and counterfeit invoices whose value added up to 297.9 million euros ($331.75 million) but it wasn’t indicated whether there were criminal prosecutions as well.

Data showed that the authorities shut down 165 enterprises last year for not issuing the necessary receipts.

RELATED

ATHENS — Greek firefighters battled a large forest blaze that forced the evacuation of a small village west of Athens, the latest in a series of wildfires that flared as strong winds swept several parts of Greece.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.