New Tax Police in the works

The State Revenue Service plans to merge the Financial Police and Customs Police into a new authority called the Tax Police, reported Latvian Television's evening news Monday.

The Financial Police is headed by Kaspars Podiņš, while Edijs Ceipe is at the helm of the Customs Police. Podiņš might be rotated to a managing position in the customs department.

The State Revenue Service's deputy secretary general Kaspars Černeckis is expected to rotate to a different structure.

Ināra Pētersone, the director of the service, has submitted to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) an evaluation of the Financial Police and Revenue Service employees, including suggestions on employees suspected of official misconduct that should be moved to different positions.

Pētersone was tasked by Reizniece-Ozola to identify unscrupulous Revenue Service officials, as well as rotate the heads and deputy heads of four Revenue Service's departments.

The rotations will concern more than twenty Revenue Service employees overall, according to Pētersone.

The reputation of the Financial Police has been shaken badly since Latvian Television aired stories by De Facto and Forbidden Methods regarding the questionable income declarations of some Financial Police officials.

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