Video: Austerity cuts take ironic toll on tax collection

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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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