80 Tax Inspectors to Comb Croatian Coast 24 Hours Per Day

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 25th of June, 2019, in three to four of the fiscal controls carried out during the month of June, and in about two to three inspections conducted during the first five months of this year, Croatian tax inspectors found that taxpayers were violating certain fiscal-related obligations, according to a recent report from Večernji list.

Regardless of the numerous holidays at this time of year in Croatia and the usual practice of joining working and non-working days in June, the Croatian Tax Administration isn’t letting up on its controls on the coast, and it has recently been engaged in the process of supervising the financial operations of bakeries, taxi drivers, restaurants and non-specialised wholesale stores. The close supervision of businesses from the aforementioned groups will last until July the 3rd, after which another set of activities, likely with another ”group” of individuals, will come.

“During the summer, more specifically during the tourist season, surveillance is carried out with special emphasis on the Adriatic coast and the islands, daily, with the 24-hour presence of field inspectors,” stated Valentina Lazar Landek, a senior inspector. On average, more than eighty Croatian Tax Administration inspectors will participate in the day-to-day monitoring of fiscalisation during the warm, tourist-filled summer months up and down the Croatian coast.

During the first five months of 2019, Croatian tax inspectors knocked on the doors of as many as 6,436 unlucky taxpayers, and 3,970 of those instances saw the inspectors detect certain irregularities. Not everyone is immediately given sanctions, therefore tax inspectors have written out as many as 1799 misdemeanor charges, a total of 23 million kuna in punishment, and 63 people were punished in the sense of being banned from carrying out their work.

Taxi drivers, of course, stuck out like a sore thumb as a much, much more risky group of people because they had been being watched carefully and under the close control of tax inspectors several times already this year.

There is an estimate that the value of tax evasion in Croatian taxi services per year stands at about 100 million kuna, and in addition to that, there are taxis who are in the VAT system but don’t actually issue receipts, and there are of course numerous illegal carriers on this market that can be accessed through popular applications.

By the beginning of this week, the Croatian Tax Administration had conducted 585 fiscal surveillance operations in June so far.

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