Drones Spying on Greek Tax Dodgers

September 25, 2018 Taxation in Greece

drones and taxesSANTORINI – Drones have been used to spy on tour boats in Greece.

Greek tax authorities have used drones to monitor tax compliance in Santorini.

The recent use of drones is part of an experiment by tax authorities to catch out tax dodgers in the popular tourist destination.

The drones followed and recorded nine separate tour boats, and evidence was collected on the number of paying passengers the boat had.

Tax authorities compared the information they gathered on vide against the declared receipts and revenues provided by the boat-operators.

It was shown that the boat-operators under-declared their incomes by approximately EUR 29 460.

Tax authorities claim that they have increased the extent and number of inspections that they are conducting in tourist-heavy areas.

Greece is highly reliant on tourism for revenues and economic activity, with 27 million visitors coming to the country last year, and an extra 10 percent coming this year.

It has been estimated that as much as a quarter of all economic output in Greece does not get reported or taxed, a phenomena which heavily hinders the government’s efforts to raise revenues or provide public services and pay down debts.