Inspectors probe archaeological site shop for skipping on tax

Inspectors probe archaeological site shop for skipping on tax

Finance Ministry inspectors are probing the souvenir shop at the famed Archaeological Site of Knossos on Crete for tax evasion.

The probe was launched after a team of inspectors, acting on a complaint from a visitor, posed as tourists during a visit to the site and ascertained that over the course of several hours shop employees did not issue a single receipt for sales. Further investigation also revealed that the cash register was not registered with the tax authorities as required by law.

“We will wait for the official findings of the tax authorities before we proceed with swift disciplinary action,” Alternate Minister for Culture Nikos Xydakis said.

“We have zero tolerance for public sector workers who fail to defend the public interest,” he added.

The inspectors at Knossos noted that the salespeople at the site’s shop were recording sales in a ledger rather than issuing receipts. Under questioning from the officials, staff members said that they were acting on orders “from above.”

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