Fuel sta­tions to be mon­i­tored daily

Kathimerini English - - Focus - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

The Fi­nance Min­istry is im­prov­ing its su­per­vi­sion of fuel sta­tions in a bid to crack down on ram­pant tax eva­sion and fuel smug­gling, by forc­ing busi­nesses to send a re­port at the end of each work­ing day with the sum of all trans­ac­tions made via their cash reg­is­ters.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, the min­istry adds that the state will also or­der fuel sta­tion own­ers to con­nect their tills to their au­to­gas and heat­ing oil pumps, as is cur­rently the case with the pumps for gaso­line and diesel, given the high rate of vi­o­la­tions – ac­cord­ing to in­spec­tions by the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad, 70 per­cent of fuel sta­tions sell­ing gas were found to be break­ing the law.

The min­istry ar­rived at this de­ci­sion as a re­sult of the in­spec­tions but also the fact that there is no in­flow-out­flow mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for gas – as is the case with gaso­line. It will be fol­lowed in the next few days by a cir­cu­lar with the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the con­nec­tion of reg­is­ters to pumps and the date when the new sys­tem will go into ef­fect.

The daily trans­ac­tion de­tails will be for­warded to a database at the In­de­pen­dent Au­thor­ity for Pub­lic Rev­enue, which will carry out the nec­es­sary cross-check­ing once it re­ceives the monthly data, in­clud­ing fig­ures from the re­finer­ies.

The Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad

Au­thor­i­ties have iden­ti­fied vi­o­la­tions at 70 per­cent of fuel sta­tions sell­ing au­to­gas.

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