Revenue Service to cut 470 jobs

The State Revenue Service (VID) will cut 470 jobs from January 1, Ināra Pētersone, the head of the State Revenue Service, told LNT television's morning news program "900 Seconds" Tuesday.

"VID is at a crossroads of what to do next - to try keep the qualified [employees] or to lose them. We've decided to cut jobs drastically," she told LNT.

About 470 or 13% of jobs within the structure will be cut January 1. At the moment there are about 300 vacancies within the service of which half are due to women on child care leave.

It means 150 jobs will be cut from the current vacancies, while the fate of the rest will be decided upon review. 

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

In response to the investigations, 39 VID officials suspected but not proven of official misconduct are to be rotated to different posts, including 22 high-level managers of which 18 will be rotated within the structure while 4 will be given posts in other institutions.

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