Tax board chief suspended amid controversy

  • 2003-07-24
  • Melanie O’Connell
TALLINN - In a surprise move on July 18, the Estonian finance minister temporarily suspended the director general of the Estonian Tax Board, Aivar Soerd, for alleged misconduct.The abrupt temporary dismissal comes just two weeks after Soerd dismissed accusations of widespread privacy breaches within his department.Denying any political or personal motives, Finance Minister Tonis Palts announced Soerd's two-month suspension on July 18. He justified his decision by citing concerns about the alleged misconduct that took place within the tax board, including inappropriate probing into taxpayers...
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