FinMin Tsakalotos Stresses Need to Combat Tax Evasion
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Monday stressed the need to combat tax evasion in order to increase tax revenues and reduce tax rates. Tsakalotos was addressing a conference of the Independent Public Revenues Authority on the dispute resolution and the protection of tax payers.
The Finance Minister explained that the times when economic forces were uncontrollably tax evading has come to an end. “For many years, revenues in Greece were below the European average of 6-7 percent, a fact that was also considered legal tax evasion. This period has come to an end, the revenues must increase so that the tax rates are reduced,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of examining the issue of dispute resolution that is critical for the relations between tax payers and tax authorities. Referring to his meeting with the Bavarian State Minister for Finance, Dr. Markus Söder, he said that it aims to the provision of technical aid on our tax system.