Tax Authority Launches High-Tech Crackdown


The Israeli Tax Authority has launched a crackdown on tax evaders using an expanded investigatory staff, the agency’s database and a plan for new legislation to require wider reporting of income, reports Haaretz.

“Take a person who travels 10 times a year overseas and is registered on the tax rolls as someone who’s earning the minimum wage,” says Moshe Asher, the director of the Israel Tax Authority. “Or take a person who has four apartments and doesn’t report the rental income but also reports a salary under the minimum wage. That’s something reasonable?”

Asher, an attorney and accountant, became head of the Tax Authority in March and is intent on catching culprits.