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Coalition agrees on 19 percent flat tax rate

Sweeping tax reforms were agreed by coalition parties yesterday, including the implementation of a flat tax rate, set at 19 percent. Other measures include increases in excise duty for cigarettes and alcohol, but by less than was suggested by the Finance Ministry last week.

"From today, tax reform has become a reality," said Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda.

Analyst Ján Tóth believes that "through these tax reforms Slovakia can attempt to become the 'tiger' economy of central Europe".

Parliament will begin discussions on the proposals today.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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