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Greece Cracks Down On Online Gaming Tax Evasion

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

03 December 2001


The Greek government has announced that it intends to curb the growing number of people who are betting online to evade gaming tax by taxing the public's access to computers.

This means that the cafes and hotels which currently offer web access to the public will be taxed in the same way as amusement arcades, and it is estimated that the annual tax could cost them around £750 per computer.

According to online news service, Ananova, representatives from the Internet Cafe Owners' Union will meet with the government some time this week to discuss the matter. Union president Thanasis Zachariadis claims the proposal shows just how little government officials understand the issue. Greek residents are among the least active computer users in the European Union, and the move comes despite the government's efforts to widen the public's access to IT - particularly in schools.


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