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Slovnaft audit fails to find tax law breach

AUDITORS have failed to find any evidence that the oil refinery Slovnaft violated the country's tax law, Slovnaft spokesperson Hana Šimková told the TASR news wire on March 3. Šimková made the announcement after the Bratislava Customs Office was consulted in connection with the rendering of guarantees for consumer taxes.

"Slovnaft confirms that it has no information at the moment that the Customs Office intends to impose a fine for breaches of tax regulations," said Šimková.

Last week, the opposition Smer party claimed that Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš wanted to introduce an amendment to the act on consumer taxes on mineral oil that would reduce the Sk10 billion (€269.5 million) fine levied on Slovnaft by some Sk8 billion (€210 million).

Smer leader Robert Fico also said that he would ask the prosecutors' office to begin an investigation into whether any abuse of public office had taken place, and called on Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda to dismiss Mikloš. The Finance Ministry has denied all of Smer's allegations, calling them unsubstantiated.

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