The harsh words of Christine Lagarde have finally found an echo in Greece. The director of the Greek brigade of fiscal controls, Nikos Lekkas, is firmly agreed with the opinion of the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and his criticism of the lack of enthusiasm of the Greeks to pay taxes.
"I completely agree with Christine Lagarde," he told the German daily Die Welt, in reference to statements that it had held in late May and had caused an outcry in Greece. It was estimated in an interview with British Guardian that "the Greeks should start to help each other collectively," and, "paying all their taxes," and had expressed less concern about their fate than that of children of Africa. She then expressed regret at the reactions had aroused his comments offended.
"Systematic corruption throughout society"
"Tax evasion in Greece reached 12% to 15% of gross domestic product (GDP), are 40 to 45 billion euros per year," said Nikos Lekkas. "If we could recover even if only half the problem of Greece would be resolved," he said. "We have the necessary laws since 1996, they have just never been enforced," he said, but "our policies have begun to understand one hour payday loan." The fact is that Nikos Lekkas sent them a warning: "If the systematic corruption that prevails throughout society does not stop, especially if elites continue to go unpunished while the rest of the population is squeezed, there will be a social explosion. "
Last year, the Greek State launched the hunt for wealthy citizens dodging tax. A sudden change due to the implementation of the Law of 1 April 2011, which significantly hardens the anti-fraud legislation. Major fraudsters may now between one and three years in prison, plus fines of 10,000 to 50,000 euros. The dawn raid was apparently paid off: six months after the implementation of the text, the VAT payments had increased by 14%.
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