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Greek Tax Authority Urges Tourists to Ask for Receipts

“It’s so simple to say in Greek: ‘Apódixi please’!” – AADE

Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) has once again launched its “Apodixi Please” campaign, which informs tourists of their consumer rights and urges them to ask for receipts with their transactions in Greece.

Through the campaign, AADE aims to tackle tax evasion which is rampant at popular tourist destinations.

Posters of the campaign “Apodixi Please” (translating into Receipt Please) can be seen displayed in baggage claim areas at all major airports in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, etc.). The campaign also appears on select foreign websites through banners (Google ads).

The campaign

The campaign presents a photo of a Greek seafront and a receipt next to it with the caption: “A photograph is proof of a memory. Ask proof of your payments. Ask for yout receipt. #Apodixi_Please.”

On its website, AADE point out that all suppliers of goods and services in Greece are obliged to issue receipts to their customers.

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Photo source: Visit Greece / H. Kakarouhas

“Restaurants, bars, cafés, stores, mini markets and in general, almost all suppliers of goods are obliged to have electronic cash registers and are not allowed to issue receipts that are handwritten or printed in regular paper,” AADE explains on is website.

Moreover, AADE adds that tourists do not need to pay in cash, but can also use their credit or debit cards.

“By using your card for your payments and asking for a receipt, you help the Greek Tax Administration collect taxes that are already included in the price you pay. Practically, you contribute to Greece’s financial recovery and offer us the opportunity to provide you with even better services next time you come to our country.”

Tourists are also informed that they are not obliged to pay if they do not receive a receipt.

AADE underlines: “It’s so simple to say in Greek: ‘Apódixi please’!”.

For further information, visit AADE’s website.

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