SDOE notes de­cline in tax eva­sion

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Over 16,000checks were car­ried out by the gov­ern­ment’s Fi­nan­cial and Eco­nomic Crime Unit (SDOE) on busi­nesses be­tween July 27 and Au­gust 16. The con­trols re­vealed that around two out of 10, or just over 20 per­cent of en­ter­prises checked, were found to be in vi­o­la­tion of the coun­try’s tax laws. The fig­ures point to a ma­jor re­duc­tion in cases of tax eva­sion, which had been iden­ti­fied at more than 40 per­cent of the busi­nesses checked in the pre­ced­ing pe­riod of July.

In­fringe­ments were ob­served at 3,310 of the 16,394 busi­nesses checked. A to­tal of 13,562 in­fringe­ments were noted, which came to an av­er­age of four per of­fend­ing busi­ness. The checks were car­ried out by 4,938 au­di­tors.

The checks largely cen­tered on busi­nesses in the fields of cater­ing, tourism and en­ter­tain­ment. Trans­gres­sions were found to be more com­mon at pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions than else­where, noted at around 45 per­cent of busi­nesses checked in such ar­eas. Of the 430 in­fringe­ments recorded last week, 96 per­cent con­cerned the nonex­is­tent or in­ac­cu­rate pro­vi­sion of de­tails, while a greater num­ber of in­fringe­ments were noted dur­ing night­time vis­its. Ten cash reg­is­ters were seized from nine busi­nesses in or­der to check the va­lid­ity of the soft­ware.

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