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Desperate for taxes, Puerto Rico tries to get grip on underground economy

By Luciana Lopez LARES, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Mattress maker Angel Lopez is both a problem and an opportunity for the Puerto Rican government. His one-man business works off the books as part of a vast underground economy, which doesn’t directly pay into the treasury’s coffers and is a major headache for an impoverished island that is $70 billion in debt. The Lopez dilemma is playing out …