Oh dear. The logic has sailed away from this country. Greece’s economic team prepares a law according to which tax evaders will go to prison even if they pay their debts. The plan was revealed to RealNews weekly by deputy finance minister Giorgos Mavraganis.
At the same time, movable and immovable property and assets of those arrested for tax evasion, for money laundering and false income declarations about where they found the money (‘pothen esxes’) will be immediately confiscated. Even before the courts decide – which currently may need 10 years due to bureaucracy.
On the issue of imprisonment it is not clear yet what will be the period behind bars and for which debt amount the debtor will be deprived of his free life. The economic team reportedly considers prison terms for debts of 150,000 euro in Value Added Tax and 200,000 euro for other tax debts.
The law is expected to be submitted to the Parliament by September 15, 2013.
PS Wasn’t it much better when I was reported of deep blue sea, rocks and pine trees?