IBM Slovensko has won a huge tender as part of procurement to build a system for unified collection of taxes and social and health insurance contributions. The company succeeded in the European tender for provision of technical assistance services in building an integrated information system for the Finance Ministry. The value of the three-year contract, signed on February 18, is €56 million excluding VAT and the project will be financed from the state budget as well as from EU funds, reported Slovakia’s Finance Ministry, as cited by the SITA newswire.
Based on the contract IBM will prepare a standardisation of the fiscal system of Slovakia by integrating and implementing existing processes into a unified platform.
“This solution will improve the transparency and effectiveness of Slovakia’s public fiscal management in the area of decision-making and inspection,” the Finance Ministry reported.
The new information system will serve as base for the overall UNITAS programme which has the goal of introducing a unified, integrated financial system for collection of taxes, customs duties and social and health insurance contributions. The concept for reform of the tax and customs administration with a goal of a unified system for collection of taxes, customs duties and social and health insurance contributions was approved by the cabinet of Prime Minister Robert Fico in May 2008.
The Finance Ministry is the author of the concept which seeks to change tax and customs administration in a way that it becomes more efficient in terms of its own costs, more effective from the point of view of collection of state income taxes and customs taxes and, at the same time, more oriented towards taxpayers by making processes easier and eliminating redundant bureaucracy and paperwork burdens. The reform concept will be carried out in two phases. In the first, UNITAS I, tax and customs administrations will be merged. Unifying collection of customs and taxes should take effect at the beginning of 2013. The second phase, UNITAS II, will seek to unify collection of all social and health insurance contributions within just one system.
1. Mar 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff