Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORT BUSINESS

Tax administration to be transformed

FINANCE Minister Ivan Mikloš wants to improve the effectiveness of the Slovak tax administration system.

A strategic plan in the period between 2004 and 2008 aims to transform the current accounting-based system to a managerial goal-driven one, the state-run TASR news agency reported.

Under the new tax strategy, Mária Machová, head of the Slovak Tax Directorate (DR), said that the voluntary payment of taxes should be increased.

Currently, she said, 84 percent of business entities and people pay taxes voluntarily. She said her office wanted to increase the rate to 92 percent by 2008, which would make it comparable to western European figures.

The DR and the Finance Ministry also want to stop the annual growth of tax liens by 2006. Unpaid taxes represent a total of Sk80 billion (€1.99 billion), of which Sk3 billion (€74.89 million) was unpaid last year.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).