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Report: Mandate of state secretary for tax affairs terminated

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The mandate of state secretary for tax and financial affairs Gábor Orbán was terminated as of July 31, under a resolution by the President published in the latest issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny, Hungarian news agency MTI reported today.

(Photo: kormany.hu/Károly Árvai)

According to MTI the termination was made on the recommendation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Former head of the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), Ildikó Vida, handed in her resignation two months ago, and her position was taken over by her former deputy, Árpád Varga, on July 20, the National Economy Ministry confirmed

Hungary’s National Economy Minister Mihály Varga said following the confirmation that the fact that Ildikó Vida had been included on a list of six Hungarian officials banned from the United States on suspicion of corruption, did not directly lead to the chief’s resignation. 

However, Hungarian weekly Figyelő reported earlier that Varga said the scandals involving top officials’ banned entry to the United States last year on corruption charges, and the way the issue was handled, has weakened the leadership of the country’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), and the body may require management changes.

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