PM orders probe into $69-mln-plus tax collection scandal

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered authorities in Ho Chi Minh City to investigate a case where a local tax agency was found illegally keeping over VND1.441 trillion (US$69.1 million) in taxes.

The HCMC People's Committee has been asked to cooperate with anti-corruption and other concerned  agencies to handle the exposure at District 1's Tax Agency in accordance with laws, and report results to the PM.

On September 20, Bui Van Nam, chief of the General Department of Taxation under the Finance Ministry, concluded that between 2007 and July this year, over VND1.441 trillion, including nearly VND600 billion in overdue taxes and fees collected, were sent to the agency's bank account instead of the State Treasury's.

The agency told the department's inspectors that it was because tax payers mistook its account for the treasury's.

However, the department said that just less than VND300 billion was submitted to the agency's account due to the mistake, adding that even after detecting the error, the agency didn't transfer it to the treasury.

According to the department, the agency's leaders need to be held responsible for the wrongdoing.

The finance ministry's department launched the inspection in July upon receiving an accusation letter sent by several employees of the agency.

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