SDOE to have access to bank accounts

Officials of the Financial Crimes Unit (SDOE) will have direct online access to Greek bank accounts as of Tuesday as the government scales up its efforts to curb widespread tax evasion.

Ten officials of SDOE’s headquarters in Athens and two in each of the unit’s regional offices will have access to the bank data which will help them in their efforts to determine whether taxpayers who are under investigation have been honest in their income declarations to authorities. The inspectors will be able to see individual transactions from 2008 and the balance of each account from 2002.

The move was taken due to the delay in the process of banks sending data to inspectors.

SDOE officials are expected to focus on the accounts of the 2,062 people on the so-called Lagarde list of wealthy Greek creditors in the first instance.

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