“VAT fraud and missed contributions”, Milan prosecutor orders the emergency seizure of 20 million against DHL Supply Chain Italy

“VAT fraud and missed contributions”, Milan prosecutor orders the emergency seizure of 20 million against DHL Supply Chain Italy
“VAT fraud and missed contributions”, Milan prosecutor orders the emergency seizure of 20 million against DHL Supply Chain Italy

Contributions not paid to workers, “outsourcing of labor and all related charges “to reduce the tax burden, evasion VAT. Dhl Supply Chain Italy, the logistics giant, was targeted by the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Economic and Financial Police Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, which carried out an emergency seizure of about 20 million euros, signed by the prosecutor Paolo Storari, for an alleged maxi VAT fraud. According to the hypothesis of the power of attorney through brokerage firms and fake cooperatives would have been created “mere reservoirs of manpower“, Ie logistics workers to whom the intermediary companies, among other things, did not pay much of the contributions. The emergency seizure ordered by the Public Prosecutor will have to pass to the evaluation of a judge for preliminary investigation for validation.

The prosecutors of Milan Giovanna Cavalleri and Storari, in the seizure decree, write that DHL “abuses the benefits offered by the illicit system, neutralizing its own tax wedge through the outsourcing of labor and all related charges “. According to the accusation, the company interfaced, in order to have “mere reservoirs of manpower”, with the Consorzio Industria dei Servizi, to which they headed 23 cooperative companies (“tank” company), which alternated over time transferring the labor from one to the other, systematically omitting the payment of VAT and, in most cases, of social security charges. Through an alleged round of false invoices, issued by companies for the benefit of DHL, the latter would have cut its costs. At the same time the other companies did not pay the VAT due and neither did the contributions for the porters employed in deliveries on behalf of DHL.

DHL, according to the indictment, would have used “fictitious contracts for the provision of services” which in reality “conceal the only, real object of the deal put in place between the parties, namely the mere administration of personnel carried out in violation rules governing its discipline “. The system created, writes the Prosecutor’s Office, ‘masks’ “irregular supply of labor in favor of more or less conniving clients”, DHL in this case, “maximizing illicit gains by virtue of the failure to pay taxes (direct and indirect), withholdings from employees and social security and insurance contributions “.

The financiers also notified a guarantee information regarding the administrative liability of the entities in relation to the criminal offenses committed by
managers of the same. The investigation, called Mantide, was born from the investigations of the yellow flames and the inspectors of Illicit law enforcement sector of the Agency
of Revenue. At the end of the investigative activity, during which they were carried out, in the provinces of Milan, Monza-Brianza, Lodi and Pavia, various searches against the natural and legal persons involved, this hypothesized tax fraud was discovered characterized precisely by the use of “subjectively non-existent invoices, by the multinational, and by the stipulation of fictitious contracts for the supply of labor, carried out in
violation of sector regulations.

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