Tax dodg­ing thrives af­ter dark in re­sort ar­eas

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Tax eva­sion is most preva­lent among busi­nesses that op­er­ate at night in tourism des­ti­na­tions, and mostly con­cerns the fail­ure to is­sue re­ceipts, ac­cord­ing to data from the latest in­spec­tions by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for Public Rev­enues that were car­ried out be­tween July 27 and Au­gust 2.

In­spec­tors found that 18 per­cent of all com­pa­nies checked had vi­o­lated the tax code, com­mit­ting three vi­o­la­tions on av­er­age. In 90 per­cent of those cases they were found guilty of not is­su­ing re­ceipts.

The 3,672 in­spec­tions con­ducted on 3,620 en­ter­prises across the coun­try last week un­cov­ered a to­tal of 1,956 vi­o­la­tions by 641 busi­nesses. In­spec­tors vis­ited 2,104 food ser­vice en­ter­prises, with 324 of them found to be in vi­o­la­tion of the tax code. The 990 in­spec­tions made at night iden­ti­fied 204 vi­o­la­tions, in­di­cat­ing a slightly in- creased tax eva­sion rate among busi­nesses that op­er­ate at night com­pared with those that work dur­ing the day.

The vi­o­la­tion rate ex­ceeded 54 per­cent in some cases at pop­u­lar tourism re­sorts. In­spec­tions took place in tourism hotspots in At­tica, in­clud­ing the cen­ter of Athens, as well as des­ti­na­tions such as San­torini, Rhodes, Evia, Halkidiki, Achaia, Preveza, Ai­toloacar­na­nia and Le­fkada.

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