Greece: the tax anti-fraud brigade abolished by the state

Greece: the tax anti-fraud brigade abolished by the state

Greece has just announced the abolition of the anti-fraud brigade of the tax authorities. A decision that is controversial, because the country loses tens of billions of euros each year due to tax evasion.

Greece: the tax anti-fraud brigade abolished by the state

The new Greek government has just announced the abolition of the tax department’s anti-fraud squad. This unit was responsible for spotting undeclared swimming pools or traders who refuse to pay VAT. “Many colleagues have been insulted and beaten on mission, it was very common (…) in the closets of the brigade, we have large tax evasion cases that affect the entire system of governance of the country and all that goes disappear“, Testifies Dimitri Merkos, tax agent.

A measure that divides

Civil servants will now be integrated into the Ministry of Finance. On the side of the inhabitants, the measure divides. Some are delighted with the drop in spending while others fear an increase in tax evasion. Tax fraud still represents nearly 30 billion euros in lost revenue for the Greek state.