Italy has always been one of the countries with the highest rate of tax evasion. In this context, one of the main problems is that a number of shops, professionals and even companies do not issue receipts on all the purchases performed by their customers and clients. Therefore their “official” turnover is substantially lower than the funds actually collected.
Since the increase of the applicable fines has not showed to be fully effective notwithstanding the increase in tax investigations, the Italian government is currently reviewing the possibility to introduce the so called “scratch and win receipts”. As a consequence of such measure, customers will be encouraged to require the issue of receipts on any purchase since they might win prizes scratching them and therefore the tax evasion is expected to considerably lower
The terms of the law proposal and the available prizes are still unclear, but this measure seems a very bright solution to one of the most relevant issues in Italy.