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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 reli...

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Ireland Employs AI in Tax Call Centre

September 11, 2018 Taxation in Ireland

AI taxDUBLIN – Irish taxpayers will soon be chatting to robots to get basic information about their taxes.

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners of Ireland has announced that it is working on a new project to introduce artificial intelligence to its call centres to provide virtual assistance to taxpayers.

The new pilot project will involve the use of voice recognition technology to understand the requests and questions of taxpayers calling the tax authority.

It is hoped that the system will provide more effective and quicker delivery of routine information to callers.

The AI system is not yet intended to replace call centre staff dealing with individualised and complex queries.

Commenting on the implication of implementing the new technology, the CIO of the Office of the Revenue Commission...

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Canada’s Tax Collectors Say the System is Biased

August 20, 2018 Taxation in Canada

CRA CanadaOTTAWA – Canada’s tax workers are saying that their own system makes is skewed to benefit the corporates and the wealthiest taxpayers.

Late last week the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, a public employee union, released the results of new research and survey into the perceptions of tax evasion of tax auditors working at the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).

The survey asked approximately 1 700 CRA auditors and other tax professionals their opinions and perceptions on various matters in regards to tax compliance, collection, and regulations in Canada.

More than four-fifths of the professionals agreed with the statement “tax credits, tax exemptions, and tax loopholes disproportionately benefit corporations and wealthy Canadians compared to average Canadians.”

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Tax Confusions Reign in America

February 23, 2018 Taxation in USA

tax filing usaWASHINGTON D.C. – American taxpayers are confused by their tax obligations, with misunderstandings on what is legal and what isn’t, and even confusion on what their own tax brackets are.

The results of a survey conducted by NerdWallet has shown that many American taxpayers are unaware of the country’s tax rules or even their own tax situation.

The survey results were compiled from the responses provided by 2 000 US adults taxpayers.

It was found that approximately half of all the survey respondents didn’t know their own tax bracket.

Approximately a quarter of the respondents also didn’t know of the new tax bill which was signed into law in 2017.

Along with not knowing their own tax situation, the taxpayers also believed that many legal tax breaks were illegal, such as making extra ...

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Taxes To Become Easier in Romania

January 30, 2018 Taxation in Romania

taxes in romaniaBUCHAREST – Romanian taxpayers will soon see a tax reprieve, as the new government promises to make paying taxes easier.

Romania’s new government is introducing a range of tax changes aimed at boosting economic growth and vastly cutting the administration and red tape associated with meeting tax requirements.

The new government will reduce the rate of VAT on most sales from 19 percent to 18 percent, while the rate applied to the sale of small personal dwellings will now fall under the scope of the already reduced rate of 5 percent.

Further, many taxes paid by individuals will be merged or cut, meaning that personal taxpayers can expect to pay a maximum of 10 different taxes per year.

Simultaneously, the number of different taxes paid by businesses will be reduced to a maximum of 50.

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