Tr. Alexiadis: Greek Finance ministry has strengthened its legal weaponry against tax evasion

Greek Finance ministry has strengthened its legal weaponry against tax evasion with a new legal framework offering the possibility of automated exchange of information between services for all taxpayers included in foreign lists, Finance Alternate Minister Tryfon Alexiadis said on Tuesday.

In an interview with Praktoreio 104.9 Fm radio station, Alexiadis said: “From now on we will expect more new lists,” adding that: “With a new legal framework, tax agencies in countries we cooperate -not only on European level- automatically send their data to our tax agencies for control. From there onwards economic prosecutors take charge”.

“We will do what our predecessor did not. The lists will not “travel” via any ministerial office, no one, not Mr. Tsakalotos, or Mr Pitsilis, or myself, know where these lists are,” the minister said.

“The Finance ministry supports every stage of control, the new list will be related with other lists and all control procedures will move forward. After completion of controls we will call taxpayers,” Alexiadis said, adding that those who have paid their taxes having nothing to fear, although others will have to pay fines envisaged by the law. He noted that all citizens must participate in a battle against tax evasion, smuggling and corruption.