A wave of tax audits in bars and restaurants in Slovakia produced some interesting findings, when it was discovered that almost half of all establishments inspected are dodging their due taxes.
The inspections concentrated on around 170 bars, night clubs and restaurants in the larger conglomerations in the country, with violations discovered in 83 of them, reports daily Pravda. As could be expected, the tax evasions were mostly as a result of not putting things through the till or by issuing false receipts or none at all.
According to government estimates, the state is losing around EUR 150 million a year in this way. The tax inspectors are now making inspections using “mystery shopping” techniques, i.e. undercover.