Greek tax office turns on footballers, lawyers

Greek authorities tracking down tax cheats have turned their attentions on high-earning footballers, lawyers and artists, an official said Sunday, as the country works to cut back a mountain of debt.
A special audit office within the finance ministry “is looking into the cases of artists, footballers, lawyers and night-club owners for tax offences,” the office’s secretary general Yannis Kapeleris said on radio.
Auditors are in particular looking at tax returns that declare lower incomes than would seem to match certain lifestyles, he said.
The Ethnos newspaper said at least three well-known singers, three football stars and four top advocates were being audited. The files of about 3,000 lawyers would also be examined, Kathimerini daily reported.