The Greek government signed a combat-the- tax-evasion deal with the German Federal State of Northrhine-Westfalia. The Germans will help the Greeks with know-how, staff training and data sharing. Based on the agreement conditions, 50 Greek tax officers will go to NRW and get the appropriate training to combat one of the notorious Greek diseases, the tax evasion. The Greek officers are supposed to learn how the NRW makes the tax audit, the taxes calculation, how to control high income categories and businesses taxes, as well as how the German Financial Crimes Unit works, how it valuates evidence and how it conducts investigations.
For the signature purpose, NRW-Finance Minister Norbet-Walter Borjans was in Athens over the weekend. Speaking to Greek press, Borjans said among other that he had offered assistance in tax evasion to the Greek government already in 2012 but that his offered was turned down.
Minister Borjans is known to Greeks as he recently handed out to the authorities in Athens, a list of 10,588 potential tax evaders with bank accounts in Swiss banks.
Who wants to wager they go after just the people that are struggling?
The wealthy greek criminals will get a pass.
This sounds promising. The state of NRW had initiated the controversial policy of buying stolen data from thieves for several million Euro. The financial return was phenomenal, not only for the state of NRW but for all other states and some other countries which were given their respective data free of charge. NRW now has over 5 years of experience following up on Swiss bank data. I would take it for granted that they can show their Greek colleagues how to best get money out of those lists.
Promising? That states buy data from thieves, about potential tax-evasion or other criminal bank deposits? Sorry klaus, you are getting even loopier. Information about foreign bank deposits should be lodged with the Swiss state and available to all EU governments. Failure to demand this of swiss banking is a failure of governance; if they refuse, we can have capital controls against Swiss banks. The right wing idea that all that matters is capital investment — regardless of the source of that income — has been the cause of this criminal behaviour by banks. It is time to stop it.
To get money out of the lists you have to change the law as the use is illegal, so far the lists’ info must be constructed to look like from an anonymous snitch, this construct takes time and lots of people can’t be trialled in the end because it will take too long and if they will win in the end because it was all a construct.
If Athens will request it Greece can also borrow from NRW Greek speaking tax officers
We can also ask the Germans for their expert advice on how to deal with Jews, homosexuals and gypsies. It’s about as valuable as their so-called expertise in other state matters.
And, to be quite candid, given the choice between German “diseases” and Greek ones, most civilised people across the world would choose the Greek defects.