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Italian tax crackdown brings in €6bn in just four months -
April 28, 2012
"The recovered £4.9bn of revenue is the fruit of a campaign that began at Christmas and targeted businesses the length of the country, from the Alps to Sicily. More than 2,100 people were caught by Italy's tax police, the Guardia di Finanza, trying to evade their taxes. Most had not filed a tax return for at least a year but were still found to be able to drive expensive cars, live in luxury villas and indulge in foreign holidays. "The biggest peaks in evasion were in the wholesale and retail sector, the construction business, the manufacturing business... and housing and catering industries," a police statement said. An upmarket bar in the ski resort of La Thuile, in the Val d'Aosta region of north-western Italy, had a turnover of €350,000 (£286,000) in the past five years but had never declared a penny to the taxman. The evasion was discovered after tax agents went through the bar's records and receipts. Other culprits caught red-handed included a wedding photography company in Venice, a bowling centre in Rome, a cake shop in Calabria in the far south of Italy, and a hotel owner in Grado, on the Slovenian border, who claimed he "forgot" to pay his taxes." -
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