Greek tax evaders with assets abroad are wrapped up in lists. After, the Swiss Lagarde-list (2,59 names) and the British Jersey-list (97 names), two more lists have reached the Finance ministry, while a third is apparently on the way.
Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras revealed that two lists containing the names of rich bank account holders in Luxembourg and Lichtenstein arrived at the finance ministry in September and thus via Germany.
Stournaras said he could not reveal the names of the back account holders and that the financial crimes units (SDOE) are investigating and crosschecking whether the assets abroad were taxed before they left the country. He didn’t even say about the total amount of assets.
At the same time, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told parliament in the Netherlands, he had informed the Greek authorities about hundreds of Greek yachts anchored in the ports in the Netherlands.
Dutch tax authorities will provide details of hundreds of Greek yachts anchored in ports in the Netherlands, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told parliament Wednesday, in the latest effort to boost tax income there.
The comments came as the Dutch parliament debated its support for the next tranche of international aid to the debt-plagued EU member, where tax evasion has been a hot topic since the euro zone crisis erupted.
Dijsselbloem said he “immediately looked into this” after it was raised by members of the parliamentary opposition. “We informed the Greek authorities about this so they can levy taxes.”
“This kind of information is critical to enable the Greeks to impose taxes,” he said. No financial details of the yachts were revealed by the minister (Reuters)
Here is to note that
a) the Lichtenstein list is no new as we knew already in the past that rich Greeks had deposited money there
b) some Greek politician has assets in Luxembourg according to the tax declarations published by the Greek parliament
c) If the political will to combat big scale tax evasion is not there and any Greek government prefers to overtax the low and middle income employees and pensioners than to catch and punish those big bosses who hold them in their hands, even if 2,000 lists arrive in Athens, nothing will change.