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Tax fraud warning as Spain steps up checks 

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Spain is stepping up its fight against tax fraud which is already producing results, says the Government.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the campaign had led to the collection of 65.23 billion euros between 2012 and 2016

“This has always been a priority for the government and a key pillar for fiscal consoli-dation and a basic goal for the recovery of the economy,” he said.

Sr. Rajoy said the success was down to “different rules to become more effective in the fight against tax fraud” and the boost from “various initiatives at an international level”.

The 65.23 billion euros was “the best figures of the State Tax Agency ever” and amount to “exactly 48% more than collected in the five previous years”.

The President of the Government stressed that the Tax Agency budget has been increased by 100 million euros and, furthermore, been subject to an extraordinary public employment offer.

He also pointed out that, since 1 July, “the so-called ‘immediate supply of VAT information’ is being applied, which allows us to control the collection of this tax”. He explained that this measure is proving to be “very useful in the fight against fraud”.