The Tax Office Hacienda has asked for permission to be allowed to run informants (also known as snitches, grasses, stool pigeon or finks). The Spanish call them chivatos, and those who lived through Franco’s day fondly remember the great chivato massacre of 1976.
The body representing Tax Inspectors today said that if Inspectors were allowed to run their own networks of informants, similar to the Police, paying them cash in exchange for information, things would run a lot smoother.
Offering cash for tipoffs would be a great way of catching tax evaders they suggest, or they could pay workers to leak confidential information to Hacienda.
In the same breath, they also suggest tax breaks for Tax Inspectors – so instead of paying them more, they would be able to deduct more out of their income tax. Well, quite.
What the Constitution would make of all this is, I assume, irrelevant.