TALLINN - The Estonian Tax Board and Customs Board, both structural units within the Finance Mininstry, are expected to become more competitive after their merger was approved by the government last week.By January 2004 over 60 laws must be amended to complete the merger but most of those are formalities concerning the name of the new institution. Set to take place in five stages and to be completed by 2005, the merger will cost approximately 2 million euros. The layoff allowances will constitute most of the merger expenses.The Tax Board will cut 157 jobs of tax administrators while the C...
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