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Greece’s tax authorities use algorithm in delivery platforms to catch hidden income

Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) has said it has identified 14 restaurants and cafes around the country that failed to issue receipts for 449,000 orders with a total value of €5.15 million.

In addition to hiding their income, the businesses collected €592,000 in Value Added Tax from their customers but did not pass this on to the tax authorities.

In the largest case, a cafe on the island of Crete was found not to have submitted income tax and VAT returns in 2019 and 2020, thus concealing €1.4 million in income.

A restaurant in Central Athens was found to not have issued 91,300 receipts net worth 685.000 euros for the years 2019-2021.

AADE has reportedly located these businesses via an “risk business algorithm” that submits data from the online delivery platforms thus comparing the issued receipts with the number of orders.

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