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Greek Authorities Urge Tourists to Demand Receipts

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Greece’s Secretary General of Public Revenue Giorgos Pitsilis is urging all tourists to demand receipts for products or services as the finance ministry is moving full-speed ahead with over 30,000 inspections by September 30 in efforts to tackle tax-evading tourist businesses.

In an interview to Swiss daily Le Temps, Mr Pitsilis said the finance ministry was carrying out extensive tax raids on tourism-related businesses including restaurants, hotels, car rental shops and stores, with plans to expand to other sectors in the coming fall where tax dodging is a “traditional problem”. 

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Mr Pitsilis explained that the idea behind temporarily shutting down tax-evading businesses is aimed at putting a damper on serious violations. Law-breaking businesses will be marked with a front-door notice in Greek and English explaining the violation. The spot checks, announced in July, are carried out at random daily.

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