It may indeed sound like an exaggeration to say so, but the campaign launched by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR), urging foreign visitors to demand receipts for goods and services, is just as important as the intensive checks by tax inspectors when it comes to cracking down on tax evasion.
The tax administration is planning some changes in the way it inspects businesses. According to sources, the Independent Authority for Public Revenue wants to introduce online systems also used in other European Union countries which transmit transaction data to the tax authorities at the moment each transaction is made.
Tourists are being encouraged to pay with plastic during their holidays in Greece - and to always ask for a receipt - by a new campaign from the country's tax authority.
The "Apodixi_Please" (Receipt, Please) campaign of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) is being promoted on posters and online (aade.gr/apodixi).
Tax inspectors sealed six of the eight temporary shops, which are part of the trade show for Bulgarian goods at Troikata Square for not issuing cash receipts.
Prior to the imposition of the measure, the officers of the Revenue Authority had previously executed a series of control purchases based on the "secret client" principle.
A few days ago, inspectors of the National Revenue Agency (NRA) directorate visited Varna's unique sky restaurant (it is actually a large platform hanging down from a hot air balloon), disguised as customers, reported Standart News.
They were asked to make reservations worth 150 levs (just under EUR 75) each, but did not receive any receipts upon payment.