Tax Office Working Without VAT System
The headquarters of the inland revenue has sent out roughly EUR 384 million in VAT returns without being able to verify their validity or not.
The situation arose because the tax authority still does not have a functional system to check the VAT balances since 9 January, possibly thanks to the intervention of current head of the tax authority, Miroslav Mikulcik.
Mikulcik had problems earlier with the rental of a building for the tax office in Kosice, because it went to a company belonging to party colleagues from the SDKU sand so the latest problem will only add to suspicions.
Now it seems that Mikulcik’s intervention could also have a crony background. He rejected the original contract in January even though around EUR 4.4 million had already been paid to the company Novitech for the system in the past, with just EUR 1.3 million left to pay.
After rejecting the system, Mikulcik chose the company Bank Pro Soft, which was previously part-owned by the company Bank Pro Team, where Mikulcik himself was active. The exact figures on how much the new system will cost is being kept secret for now.
The tax authority says the company Novitech, which has basically had a monopoly on the tax office system for around 20 years, did not satisfy its obligations. The tax office wants to resolve the situation by a lawsuit because the company Novitech is withholding data from the original system as no contract was signed on data migration.
One clerk at the tax office says the system is on the verge of collapse due to its non-functionality. The system should be operational by the end of February, but the chaos on the VAT figures remains a disaster without verification. The tax authority will now be subject to a special investigation by the Supreme Audit Office and the Government Office today.