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Report: Government quietly changing tax chief

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Ildikó Vida, the leader of Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority, quietly handed in her resignation approximately two months ago and is transferring her duties to the authority’s deputy president, Árpád Varga, who would become the tax authority’s new leader, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported today, citing unnamed sources.

Ildikó Vida and Mihály Varga at the press conference during which Vida admitted that she was on the list of people banned from traveling to the US.

The portal, however, noted that neither the tax authority nor the National Economy Ministry would confirm the information.

In the beginning of July, National Economy Minister Mihály Varga said that the scandal caused by last year’s decision by the United States to deny entry visas to top Hungarian officials who Americans suspect of corruption weakened the leadership of NAV, and the body may require management changes.

NAV chief Vida admitted to being one of the Hungarian officials banned by a U.S. regulation that targets corruption suspects, but she denied any wrong-doing. Varga had said that she would stay in her position “as long as there is mutual trust between her and her employer”.

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