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I don't buy this form of racialization that's been internalized even by Greeks. In the modern world, attitudes can change quickly, and they should have already in Greece. This isn't ingrained by any means (although I do allow that some of this is caused by the many mom-and-pop businesses and VAT, and that a proportion of the population in every country will play these games when in position to).
In order to get to the bottom of this tax evasion question, you'd have to look at the Greek tax code. I don't know much about it but Talos mentioned receipts. I've also read about other Greeks wanting to colelct receipts for taxis, so that they can enumerate on their tax all the taxes paid to VAT, which are then supposedly deductible.
For an American, this seems crazy. With a standard deduction, most Americans do not itemize, and we don't keep receipts either. So, for Greeks there may be an incentive to ask for a receipt from the cabbie, while in New York City, I jump out of the cab, slip a $10 to the cabbie, and off I go.
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