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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.

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