Study estimates tax evasion costs taxpayer up to 16 bln annually

Economy Tags: Revenues, Taxes

Tax evasion in Greece is estimated to range from 6 to 9 percent of GDP, involving tax losses from 11 to 16 billion a year – the equivalent of almost one third of public revenues – according to a new study conducted by Ernst and Young for the Athens-based think tank Dianeosis.

In specific, the study showed that foregone revenues from individuals (mostly the self-employed) range from 1.9 to 4.7 percent of GDP, while the respective figure for VAT stands at 3.5 percent. In addition, lost revenue as a result of alcohol, tobacco a...

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