Huge tax-evasion crackdown at upscale Mykonos

Nammos Mykonos

Nammos Mykonos

A tax-evasion crackdown operation was launched on Sunday, at Greece's most famous upmarket island, Mykonos.

The four-day operation named "Trident" has seen almost sixty officials inspect all types of businesses on the island, including hotels, beach bars, nightclubs, tour operators and even the providers of water sports activities.

The crackdown was launched by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR), with the assistance of the financial police.

The operation includes inspectors auditing a business for a whole day and then comparing the takings to those of previous days. In the event of large discrepancies in finances, fines will be issued to the business in question.

Inspectors are also searching for businesses with tampered cash registers, that falsify electronic records for the purpose of tax evasion.

At the same time, officials are also checking to see if the business in question has any overdue debts to the state that are not being repaid in installments, and if they aren't, daily takings will be confiscated.

On the first day of the operation, "Trident" inspectors uncovered a tampered register in Ornos, seizing the takings at the well-known Italian restaurant. Also, Nammos, a hip and exclusive beach restaurant located at Psarou beach were discovered by this operation to have owed four million euros to the tax office, which they immediately repaid.