Creative solution sought to deter tax cheats

The Finance Ministry is calling on citizens to put their creative filmmaking skills to use in its fight to stamp out tax evasion and make the public more ‘tax conscious,’ it said yesterday. The ministry has launched a competition inviting participants to prepare a 60-second video convincing people of the need to pay taxes and accept their obligations to the state. ‘The video will need to present a theme, story or message that can contribute to strengthening the tax consciousness and confronting the issue of tax evasion,’ the ministry said in a statement yesterday. Interested parties can submit their contribution to between September 6 and 30. The top 10 videos will be rewarded, with the first-placed winner bagging 5,000 euros. The remaining nine videos chosen will earn a prize of 1,000-3,000 euros each. Tax evasion is seen as one of Greece’s largest economic problems, with the black market comprising about a third of the country’s 240-billion-euro economy.