Under Audit, Tax Officials Resign

55719ED8C18D6472D5270AFFE640DBD5Dozens of resignations of senior tax officials have been accepted since the beginning of the year when the auditing on their income and assets began. They are mostly managers of tax offices and centers of audit by the Internal Affairs Service of the Ministry of Finance.

Senior officials of the Finance Ministry confirmed the information saying that these are tax officials who have served as head officials in the tax service. Some 436 senior tax officials are under investigation it was reported.

Among those who resigned from the service there are some of the 140 tax officials officials said have stashed money in foreign bank accounts, reportedly to be huge amounts in some cases.

Proceedings against 13 tax controllers who reportedly had more than 2.2 million euros ($2.93 million) in foreign banks during 2009-2010 will meet the disciplinary and criminal proceedings.


  1. These Tax officials should be tried in a court of law for their parts in corruption…Their assets should be confiscated and distribute the stashed money to the poor…

  2. What a mess, the entire public sector is corrupt especially those in charge. Why not simply fire the entire sector gradually and replace them with open job offers where new employees will be hired based on true skill, education and experience.

  3. Tony, Tony. . . too simple. Too brilliant. To potentially effective. One problem–it cuts out their big friends at the top of the food chain who let them in to eat. All tax officials from top to bottom need to be thoroughly investigated. If there are 140 tax officials presently known to have stashed cash to a tune of 2.2 million–and another 436 senior officials are under investigation, it just gives us some idea of the massive leak in the pipeline. Anyone flying over northern Attica in a helicopter sees a lot of massive homes with swimming pools. The average European sees this scenario and says–poor Greeks? Where? You can be sure that many of those homes and pools were built with tax euros–(yours and mine) which never made it into the national coffers. To a great degree this was a result of our wonderful tax authorities. Glad to see them finally looked into, exposed and busted. The question is why this was allowed to go on for so long until now.

  4. fyi – alleged “Greek” Tonto is a non-Greek trolling us. He called the Skopians “Macedonians” (three guesses where his heritage is from)

  5. As a non-Greek what are you doing on a Greek forum lecturing us on our economy and politics?

    Go to a Skopian forum. You’ve find more friends there.

  6. Question: How many ml of “Greek blood” do I need to qualify to be Greek? Are you requiring a DNA test of anyone who comments on this forum. Does my great grandfather from Hios qualify me speak here, Alex? Do you own and manage this site?

    Give us all a break and go watch a football game, Alex. Reading your rants is utterly reductive.

  7. How can you be Greek when you claim that there are no “real” Greeks trollski? Furthermore No Greek would ever call another ethnic group by his own identity. You would know this if you were actually Greek rather than a non-Greek trolling us.

    How many times do I have to tell all your sundry handles/personas there is not “us” or “we” here. As a NON-Greek you do not speak for Greeks.

  8. You’re really losing it, Alex. Stop embarrassing yourself. Get over your obsessions before they completely consume you. Whether I am truly Greek or not. One thing is certain–the Greek community at large certainly does not want to be represented by a pathetic and dangerous extremist like you. “The Golden mean” my friend–remember it, before you became so volatile and unbalanced?. Take some wisdom from our forefathers. Everything in good measure. A healthy body and healthy mind. You seriously need to work on the latter.

    Good night. Alex. Go kick the dog–it may make you feel better.

  9. I can answer the question if you are Greek or not. NO.

    Earth to your tiny pea brain, my Greek forefathers (i.e. not yours) named my homeland Greece in reference to ancient Hellenes for a reason. It was a statement as to whom they considered their ancestors. It was a statement about their cultural allegiance. It is the same reason we still speak Greek today. It is the same reason we don’t recognize Skopians. You would know these things if you were actually Greek.

    Stop ethnically harassing Greeks just because you have some sort of identity crisis. Stop colluding with extremists from the former Yugoslavia trying to ethnically delete the Greek people.


    “The creation of the Macedonian nation, for almost half of a century, was done in a condition of single-party dictatorship. In those times, there was no difference between science and ideology, so the “Macedonian” historiography, unopposed by anybody, comfortably performed a selection of the historic material from which the “Macedonian” identity was created. There is nothing atypical here for the process of the creation of any modern nation, except when falsification from the type of substitution of the word “Bulgarian” with the word “Macedonian” were made.” (Denko Maleski, former Minister of foreign affairs of FYROM from 1991 to 1993 in an interview to FYROM newspaper Utrinski Vesnik)

  10. @disqus_daM5ghwGWS:disqus…I don’t understand anything from your comment to me Alex. Can you pls be more specific???

  11. “Some 436 senior tax officials are under investigation it was reported”. Only 436??? What about our 300 pigs in parliament??? When past and present pigs will be investigated for their crimes against the country??? When???

  12. Here goes ‘Alex’ the idiot again… Oh my god… The Skopians are coming! The commies are coming! The Lefties are coming! The Martians are coming !!!
    Run for your lives…….

  13. Maverick… best to ignore this cluessless fool Alex… or he’ll write you a 10 page rambling thesis on everything he knows “nothing about” anyway!

  14. Hey Stournaras, here’s an idea. Dump all of your worthless tax auditors and then outsource only to the companies within Greece. Instant recirculation of money plus 1000 times better chance of assessing tax fraud.

  15. Are you censoring me here, Mr. Father of democracy? What makes you so arrogant as to believe that if we must tolerate your drivel on this site, you don’t have to tolerate us?

    Wasn’t the healthy dialectic (dialogos) a Greek idea, Mr. Ellada? Your hypocrisy is gargantuan, Alex. You don’t represent your fellow Greeks well, my friend.

  16. I think most people, Greek or not, would wholeheartedly agree with Tonto. I dont see as the man is “lecturing” anyone, all he is doing is stating the very real fact that the Greek political system NEEDS overhauling from top to bottom. It would seem that you as a “patriot” do not like criticism of the decades of corruption & mismanagement of the Greek economy. Could the reason be, that you are either in the government or employed by it?

  17. Most Greeks would agree with calling FYROM “Macedonia”
    ? What planet are you from? You have no idea what you are talking about.

  18. As I told you all your other handles/personas there is no “us” here. As a NON-Greek you do not speak for Greeks.

  19. Sure wrodlarts. You are a “Greek patriot”. This is why you said nothing to criticize NON-Greek Tonto… that calls the Skopians “Macedonians”!

  20. Sure buddy you are “Greek” patriot. This is why you agreed with “tonto” that calls the Skopians “Macedonians”.

  21. “tonto” is a non-Greek trolling us (he called the Skopians Macedonian). Anyone that agrees with him is likely more fake Skopian handles., (they keep generating new fake “greek” handles every day here)

    And please notice that allleged “Greek” Worldarts said nothing to condemn Tonto for calling the Skopians “Macedonians”. (the same worldarts that wants us to vote for treasonous communist Syriza)


  22. Who is “we” worldarts? You don’t appear to be Greek. No one can find your posts condeming Skopians trolling us.

  23. IMO the best way to deal with corruption is a completely cashless society and putting a record of all public expenditures online.

  24. Yes, Alex, this is a good way. In many countries, you can use credit cards and get points for doing so with frequent flyer miles, etc. Maybe Greece needs to find a way to encourage customers to pay with credit cards and receive a discount on their bill?

  25. Businesses are in the business of making money so their has to be economic incentive for them to do something or worries about punishment. (why discounts wouldn’t work because businesses would lose money doing it)

    Cashless is the way to go (since it leaves a paper trail). but to be most effective it would have to be a global effort as crooks would just pay one another with a foreign currency. (although having a cashless society in any country would still be preferable over current situation)

  26. Alex is American far removed from his grandparents Macedonian homeland.
    It’s why he or she can not possibly see or understand that what ‘Tonto’ is saying is rational and only observing obvious truths that all current Greeks support.
    Alex has very real mental health and identity issues.
    His posts over the years show it is only getting far worse.
    Now he has taken up the Greek flag?
    Just look at the volume of his posts and hours he puts in.
    Please everyone, continue to ignore him.
    He is trying to turn Greeks against one another.
    He is actually anti-Greek.

  27. Yes Tony, our public sector is corrupt to the bones thats why my country is bankrupt. In fact the public sectors together with our corrupt politicians bankrupt the country. They looted all its wealth and still doing so. The country will never prosper under this government because these corrupt politicians are still in power today. They should be removed and replaced by professionals from the public with no political background so they can be effective but this will never happen because our corrupt politicians have a strong grip on the situation and of course they feed their parasites to keep them in power…Revolution is the answer…

  28. Tonto what you say won’t happen because politicians parasites are stronger than us…They are the ones who are keeping our corrupt politicians in power…These parasites will lose allot if these politicians vanish…Corruption in Greece is part of our politicians life…

  29. So I must assume, that as you ignored my question, you therefore MUST be either, a politician or a government employee with secure employment, which would explain some of your comments on here

  30. Greece is a basket case..They are all corrupt from the Prime minister to the Toilet cleaner..If you have do not have an envelope ready with cash you get nothing done..Like it or not that is Greece,…
    If you do not pay you get nothing..
    Government department or no government department.. This is Greece..
    Foreigners pay tax not locals..what do you think GST stands for Its a Greek service tax..
    As long as Permanent employment is in place in Greece nothing will get done..
    Greece needs to change but there is noone to change it..
    As all politicians are gutless…and are nly interested in their permanent employment and getting re-elected not makeing life better for Greeks..