Taxmen: enough is enough

Employees of Skat, the national tax authority, are concerned that cutbacks and constant restructuring have limited their ability to catch tax cheats. Most recently, Skat eliminated its department for financial crimes after accusations they employed heavy handed tactics, but representatives for the authority’s 7,000 tax collectors said the replacement department did not have adequate powers. Since 2005, some 3,000 tax collection jobs have been cut. Another 1,000 are expected to be trimmed this year.