Tax crackdown shifts to other sectors

The Finance Ministry, which last week named and shamed dozens of highly-paid Athens doctors believed to be guilty of rampant tax evasion, is now turning its attention to lawyers, nightclub owners, singers and actresses, Kathimerini has learned. According to sources, the ministry is this week planning to make public a list of names of businesses and individuals thought to be guilty of dodging their taxes. First on the list, the sources say, are the owners of nightclubs in Athens and Thessaloniki believed to have been avoiding issuing receipts. The next couple of weeks will also see the publication of a list of notaries who, ministry inspections suggest, have been evading tax consistently for years. Next on the ministry’s hit-list, according to the same sources, are high-earning lawyers who have their offices in expensive parts of Athens but declare low incomes. Ministry inspectors are also focusing on celebrities and television presenters who have been declaring unrealistically low incomes as well as owners of offshore companies, farmers who have benefited from European Union subsidies and local authorities.

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