Taxing situation for Hacienda employees

UNDERSTAFFING: A problem for Hacienda.

HACIENDA and State Administrator IGAE employees insisted that another 26,718 workers are needed to combat fiscal fraud.

Gestha, the union representing them, claimed that without more personnel it will be impossible to pursue evaders efficiently. Nor can they meet the target of reducing by half, Spain’s €253 billion submerged economy which is now equivalent to 24.6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

Understaffing is one of the Spanish system’s greatest problems, a Gestha communiqué stated. In European Union countries there is a tax administration employee for every 970 taxpayers, compared with Spain where there is one Hacienda employee for every 1,958 taxpayers, the union said.

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