Tobacco Smuggling Enforcement Actions in Spain in 2011

In the first nine months of 2011, Custom Officers in Spain stopped 2,899 people from bringing in illegal cigarettes into the country from Gibraltar. The number of cigarette smugglers attempting to enter Spain from Gibraltar has been increasing every year. 2,112 people were stopped from smuggling cigarettes into Spain in 2010, and 1,226 people were stopped in 2009. In 2008, the number of smugglers who were stopped by Custom Officers was 985.

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Tax evasion in Europe

$320 Billion in income is estimated to be undeclared in Italy, according to the nation’s Industry Minister. In Greece, the government may be losing up to $30 Billion a year due to tax evasion. The Spanish Government collected more than $13 Billion in 2010 by focusing on tax evasion activities, an increase of 23 percent from 2009 enforcement levels. In 2011, an estimated 80 percent of the largest companies in Spain harbor profits in tax havens around the world.

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