In its efforts to curb tax evasion the Greek government has come up with the bright idea . that if a customer is not given a receipt he does’nt have to pay for whatever he has bought!! Shopkeepers are asked to advise their customers of their rights!

This can probably work in the case of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and so on. But what happens when a technician explains to you that he/she can paint your house or fix your plumbing or repair a keylock for, let’s say, 100 Euros but in case you want a receipt it will be 123 Euros! The consumer must calculate, on the spot, what is to his/her best interest: pay extra and get the receipt and claim tax exemption or take the instant discount and let the government find the tax evaders on its own? In addition, please note that the (latest) Greek taxation system does not consider health expenses (visits to doctors, operations etc), tax deductible expenses!

The best comment I have read so far in the social media: who is worrying about receipts? we have no money to buy anything anyway!