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European Journal

Slovakia: Getting Lucky and Fighting Tax Fraud

The Slovakian finance minister has come up with a novel way of boosting VAT revenue: the public can enter a free lottery every time they pay value-added tax.

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The scheme has made it impossible for retailers to embezzle money - because customers now insist on sales receipts even when all they're doing is buying bread rolls. It's an efficient way of tackling tax fraud - and the first lucky winner has already scooped 10,000 euros.