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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn response to multiple reports that surfaced this week in Latvia in regards to possible violations committed by officials of the State Revenue Service, Director General of SRS Inara Petersone turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to investigate the information that was reported by the media about officials of the institution and their possible violations.

SRS has decided to ask the Prosecutor General’s Office to carry out an independent investigation also because the main duty of SRS Finance Police – secure operative function and investigation of crimes and their prevention in the field of state revenue and activities of SRS officials and employees – is carried out in accordance with Operational Activities Law and Criminal Process Law. Information mentioned in television reports can only be assessed in accordance with those laws. With that, it is impossible to carry out such an assessment and investigation within SRS.

Over the past several years, SRS has carried out multiple measures to further improve and enhance the work of SRS Finance Police’s Interior Security Department and reduce the risk of corruption among SRS employees. SRS has been using RASA private persons tax avoidance prevention system for years. This system also integrates data from declarations of all state officials to make it easier to check SRS employees in relation to paying taxes and identify employees that should be monitored more closely due to risks of corruption.

In-depth assessment of personal declarations has been completed for 33 SRS employees. Additional declarations have been requested from another 15 SRS employees. Tax audits have been carried out for five SRS employees in accordance with Section 22 of Personal Income Tax. 173 SRS officials are currently being investigated.

Evaluation of declarations of SRS employees is also planned for autumn 2016. Evaluation and inspection of income of the aforementioned 171 employees will continue. Progress will be reported to SRS management on a monthly basis. Cooperation of Tax Office, Tax Control Office and Finance Police will be enhanced as well.

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