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Video - Greece: Austerity cuts take ironic toll on tax collection

06 January, 2014

Tax fairness needed to sustain Greek democracy

There were 18,000 tax administration staff members in Greece before the economic crisis. Austerity measures have forced a 50% cut in staff – at the end of 2013 just 9,000 workers remained.

Which may partly explain why the Greek state has failed to recover €60 billion in taxes this year. A tax union representative gives an eye-opening tour of an under-resourced system where the few tax workers left struggle to apply countless new regulations, but run out of ink to print even basic forms. This documentary was produced as a report of the PSI-EPSU labour journalists’ team in Athens in November 2013.

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