NL to tell on Dutch-flagged Greek yachts
THE HAGUE – The Netherlands will inform Athens about Greek yachts that fly the Dutch flag to evade taxes at home. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says there may be several hundred such yachts. Dutch officials have in the past shared that information but got no reaction from Athens. “This time we’ll make sure that something happens,” said Dijsselbloem. As part of an EU-led rescue mission, Dutch officials are teaching Greece how to properly collect taxes. A mid-December EU report said Athens must urgently improve the quality of civil servants. In the last 2012 quarter, Greek tax officers visited 88 large companies (down from the 300 promised visits) and 467 wealthy individuals (instead of 1,300).