According to reports, the inquiry was launched after Finance Ministry inspectors found that shop employees had not issued any receipts for souvenir purchases made during the day. The inspectors found 534 offenses of the tax regulations in just one day.
Furthermore, it was also discovered that the souvenir shop’s cash register was not registered with the tax authorities as required by law.
Investigation at the souvenir shop at the Archeological Site of Knossos was conducted after tourists reported that the shop was not issuing receipts for items purchased there.
When questioned, the shop employees said that they were not issuing receipts as they were acting on orders “from above”. They did not give further details.
“We have zero tolerance for public sector workers who fail to defend the public interest,” Alternate Minister of Culture Nikos Xydakis said in a statement.
“We will wait for the official findings of the tax authorities before we proceed with quick disciplinary action.”
The Greek government has vowed to combat tax evasion in the country.
Tourists in Greece can do their part by always requesting for receipts for their purchases, as well as for the services provided to them.