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A step too far?

12 December 2019

Many countries have had problems with the so-called "black economy".

Generally speaking, governments rely on people to declare all their income in order that it may be taxed fairly and evenly. These taxes are then used to provide funding for critical services and infrastructure.

In the past, ensuring compliance with the requirement to declare all income has been something of an issue, since there is no easy way to track cash payments. "Cashies", or jobs done for payment without the declaration of said payment as income tends to distort the tax system and place an excessive burden on the honest, to the benefit of the dishonest.

For some time it looked as if the shift away from cash and towards electronic (often card-based) payment systems was going to represent a real blow to the black economy. Payments made by EFTPOS or credit card are easily traced and this helps identify those who might be rorting the system.

However, some countries still seem to have a problem, and Greece is one of them. To address this issue the Greek government is introducing an unbelievable new law.

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