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Costly tax-office move took place under Smer, newspaper reports

Under the previous government, the tax office in the town of Prievidza exchanged a relatively cheap building rented from the local municipality for a privately rented building which cost more than eight times as much. In 2008, the tax office in Prievidza moved from a building with a yearly rental of €25,944 to a building owned by the private ROKO company and rented for €214,000 per year, the Sme daily reported.

Under the previous government, the tax office in the town of Prievidza exchanged a relatively cheap building rented from the local municipality for a privately rented building which cost more than eight times as much. In 2008, the tax office in Prievidza moved from a building with a yearly rental of €25,944 to a building owned by the private ROKO company and rented for €214,000 per year, the Sme daily reported.

Former head of the Tax Directorate Igor Šulaj, a nominee of the Smer party (which at the time led the government), who also originally approved the move of Košice’s tax offices – since the subject of a major political controversy – refused to clarify the reasons for the move in Prievidza, Sme wrote on Thursday, May 5. “I will not react to any media speculations,” he commented, adding that the media should ask the relevant regional tax directorate. The former management of the Tax Directorate argued that the town of Prievidza wanted its building back. But Prievidza’s vice-mayor Helena Dadíková said that, on the contrary, it was the tax office which cancelled the contract and that the town lost out by the move because some of its regular income disappeared. The tax office in Prievidza first intended to build its own headquarters but later, probably due to lack of money, scrapped this idea and signed a 10-year contract with ROKO, Sme wrote.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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