Finnish Customs net nearly two million euros in unpaid alcohol taxes from online stores

Online liquor sellers have had to fork out more than two million euros in unpaid taxes to Finnish Customs. The payout follows intense scrutiny of online alcohol sales by customs officials that began in 2016.

Finnish Customs announced Monday that it had raked in nearly two million euros in unpaid taxes from online retailers selling alcoholic beverages in Finland.

Last year customs officials stepped up their monitoring of online alcohol retailers as part of a programme targeting the so-called grey economy.

The online sting operation paid off for customs officials, who found that many online retailers had not paid up the required taxes on their liquor sales.

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