Tax culture

For those who keep up with the EU economic situation, it will probably not be news that one of Greece’s biggest ongoing issues is the (non)collection of taxes. But it might be news that at one point, the Greek finance ministry hired a computer science professor to come up with a solution for the problem.

Planet Money, one of my favorite podcasts, has a 4-minute feature on this that’s worth a listen.

Spinellis’s program found hundreds of thousands of cases of potential tax fraud.

Greece has three hundred regional tax offices. Spinellis thought the solution was simple. Share the data with all of them and wait for the revenues to come flowing in.

Check out the link for the result of this “simple” solution. The text is also available, but it flows better as a spoken story.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Tax culture

  1. Lilaine says:

    Just as the tax revenues, it should flow better… as a spoken story. My hearing must be corrupted… I had to read the text. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Seriously, one of the comments said that *Everyone* in Greece knows about the tax aversion and revenue dissimulation tendencies of those who earn the most. The worst of it is that probably everyone in the European well informed Economic sphere new that particularity, too, and that it’s shared with some other Euro-zone countries…. :p
    They are all corrupted. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Heck, I’m a tax allergic, too. Each time, I get an unbearable itching… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. M. says:

    So this is a secret why Poland did not crumble yet. We pay taxes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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