Parliament greenlights tax authority under ministry’s authority

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The Hungarian Parliament yesterday approved legislation to transform the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) from an independent central body to a state secretariat operating under the aegis of Hungary’s National Economy Ministry (NGM), Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.

Falling under the supervision of the NGM, a state secretary and four deputy state secretaries from the ministry will be in charge of the authority’s operations.

Under new legislation, NAV will become a two-tiered organization and the 19 county-level tax and customs units will be merged, as will the three separate tax and customs units in the capital, MTI said. The central unit of the authority, with an appeal board, is expected to act as the second tier of the organization, while the county-level offices will be in the first tier.

The legislation also integrates the currently separate training institute and the crime directorate into the main body of the authority, MTI said.

NGM state secretary András Tállai, the government commissioner overseeing the restructuring of the authority, praised NAV for its work, however, he stressed the need for an internal review and restructuring of the organization in his speech yesterday, MTI reported.

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