Greece has been hit hard by recession….not quite all things are adding up!!!
A total of 22,435 offenses have been reported detected during the inspections of the tax officers over the period from 6 to July 23. It is said that businesses in areas of tourism in particular have risen more this year. Data has been released by The Ministry of Finance, they have made a total of 1,410 controls and identified 805 offenders, while the average rate stood at 57.1%.
Headlines in news said that the islands were the highest offenders!
In particular, it is noted that the percentage in these places are exceptionally higher than previous years. Crete(100%), Zakynthos (100%), Lefkada (100%), Kos (100%), Kastoria (100%), Xania (86.7%) Thera (83%. )Rhodes ( 61,70%. )
Just to note….
The tourist industry has been hit hard with economic crisis. Business owners struggle to keep their heads above water whilst trying to pay still high rents, insurance and taxes all year round even when their businesses are only open for 6 months a year (if that) and they work ‘well’ for maybe only 2 months! This year it has been especially difficult with the uncertainty of the Greek government and worries of Greece going out of the euro-zone…people were afraid to book.
Business owners employ people….
Keep taxing them, fining them and they will close…causing further unemployment in Greece…making more problems….
Agree that everyone should pay their taxes…but there needs to be some support out there for small businesses to help them through these difficult times…..otherwise the tourist islands and resorts will turn into ghost towns….and the only people left standing will be the all-inclusive hotels!!!