Finance ministry to cross-check tax statements against funds transferred abroad

The finance ministry on Thursday announced plans to check the tax statements of individuals transferring sums from Greece to banks abroad against the size of their bank deposits, in order to see the amount of their savings is justified by the annual income they declare.

Information Systems General Secretary Diomedes Spinellis said that the finance ministry was now working with the Union of Greek Banks in order to obtain the details of individuals that withdrew their savings from Greek banks and sent them abroad.

Spinellis said the cross-check did not target those whose with savings that could be justified by their declared income but only people declaring a minimal annual income while having large sums in the bank.

He reported that 30 billion euro were withdrawn from Greek banks and transferred to banks abroad during 2010.

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