Portuguese taxpayers are to get a chance to win luxury cars as part of the latest attempt by the authorities to crack down on the black economy, which has ballooned in recent years as incomes have fallen, taxes have risen and austerity measures have been implemented as a result of the Eurozone bailout. Studies point to more than a quarter of economic activity in Portugal being beyond the reach of the authorities, with last year’s fresh tax increases likely to have worsened the situation.
Under a Factura da Sorte or “Lucky Receipt” plan approved by the right-of-centre coalition government, draws are to take place weekly from April, with extra ones coinciding with Christmas and other holidays.
Lemme get this straight…you pay your taxes and the government enters you into a lottery to win a beemer or somesuch. And they think you’re stupid enough to fall for it.
I think they’re absolutely right.