Action day - Construction Industry
Zeroing in on the construction industry - 320 checks of construction sites carried out
During the nationwide construction industry action days of the Federal Ministry of Finance from 7 to 11 June 2010, a total of 490 staff members from the tax offices carried out checks at 1,560 businesses and 320 construction sites. In the course of those checks, the Federal Ministry of Finance’s staff were able to recover approx. EUR 785,000 in tax arrearages and to impose attachments for tax claims of approximately EUR 3.5 million.
In addition, checks of 4,160 individuals were also carried out. The control officers of the tax authorities found a broad spectrum of different offences, from individuals working in construction who had taken early retirement for incapacity to EU aliens receiving emergency assistance:
- At a construction site in Himmelberg where conversion work was being carried out on a residence, an hour-long search ended with the authorities finding a Polish citizen in an adjacent building in which he had been hiding. He was neither registered for social insurance nor was he able to produce a permit under EU labour market law.
- Checks of two Serbian citizens in the Klagenfurt business region revealed that one of them was holding a Belgian passport which turned out to be a total forgery, and the second had an Italian “Carta d’Identita” identity card. The authorities’ enquiries with the police cooperation centre for Austria/Italy/Slovenia in Thörl-Maglern near Villach revealed that the document was a blank which had been stolen in Veddasca and that the individual was neither known to the Italian authorities nor registered there. That same day, both Serbian citizens were remanded to the Klagenfurt jail by order of the State Prosecutor’s Office.
The results of the construction sector action days demonstrate the need for such focused checks – fraud must be combated and may not be tolerated.