I’ve been searching about the finances of two bars I use to visit, because in one of them the fifty years old waitress cheated me into believing she was the owner, and formed a trio with the old tattooed waiter, her husband, also an owner, and a twenty four years old girl, sometimes their daughter, a social anthropologist, other times a whore, with whom I’ve been talking about Dylan, who performs here tomorrow, the whole Easter, and I was going crazy, once more. (What happens at the other bar and the illegal Dominican waitress is just unspeakable, I’m being kept out and threatened on a daily basis). I found out that the real owner is a guy that holds other seventeen (17) business, has not his business accounts published at the Commercial/Trade Register, the bar doesn’t makes public its numbers since 2014, another advising company of him since 2009, and probably doesn’t pay fair (or maybe any) taxes. This situation may be widespread, here, in Santiago de Compostela, in the Autonomous Community of Galicia and in the Kingdom of Spain. In the meanwhile, Social Security numbers plummet, and pensions and public services are at risk.
In 2017 a huge corruption plot involving tax-inspectors was detected in Galicia. But I think the issue hasn’t been completely cleared out.
“Corruption in the Tax Agency: this is how the plot of tax inspectors dismantled in Galicia worked. The leader was the Head Inspector in Vigo, arranged meetings in Portugal to settle the fraud and asked up to 400.000 € for rigging tax files.”
It appears there is no adequate monitoring of corporate incomes and corporate financial statements, which probably makes the calculation of taxes biased. In Europe the situation may be glimpsed in the above Wikipedia link.
In this other list, under “United States,” “State Registers”, I think it’s worth reading the article about the Secretary of State in New York, for instance, (or any).
Most of the data that can be found in OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world, are frightening, at least searching for companies located in Spain (it is impossible to find reliable financial information published about Alcoa, or Inditex): https://opencorporates.com/