The increased number of inspections at food service establishments this summer appear to have paid off in areas with high rates of tax dodging by enterprises.
According to the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, bars and restaurants are no longer the worst offenders in terms of tax evasion. This unenviable distinction now goes to pawnshops.
Only business owners with no real estate properties will qualify for a partial write-off of corporate debts in the context of the extrajudicial settlement mechanism. This criterion excludes the owner's main residence and the production properties, i.e. the professional properties used for the entrepreneurial activity.
The figure of 2 billion euros in unpaid taxes in July alone, shown the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, is a sharp illustration of the fatigue gripping tax-paying individuals and businesses in Greece.
The slump in tax payments has brought expired debts to the state since the start of the year from 5.475 billion euros by end-June to 7.483 billion by end-July.