Lithuanian public opposes tax inspectorate's trawl of bank accounts, survey finds

Almost every third Lithuanian claims to know someone who has recently received illegal income. However, two thirds of Lithuanians believe that the State Tax Inspectorate (VMI) should not have access to people's bank account balances in order to fight tax evasion, a survey by Spinter Tyrimai shows.
The State Tax Inspectorate (VMI)
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

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