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Tax and the ministry attacked for the hostile attitude to criticism

Skatteministeriets management and then the Tax is described by the two previous managers for the internal audit environments, where critical reports were resented or ignored.

One of the former heads of the ministry's internal audit, SIR, go as far as to describe a 'revisionskritisk environment'.

It emerged during interrogations of the two previous SIR-bosses on Wednesday.

They were questioned by the commission, which is working to uncover more of the Tax problems. One of the problems was the payouts on the billions of dollars in reimbursement on profit tax, without that the person was entitled to a refund.

in 2010 Already pointed out, SIR, that there was paid the refund of the withholding tax, without checking whether the persons concerned had the right to the refund.

the Commission's three members have started to question the staff in SIR. Among other things, to find out, why that was never acted on and subsequent warnings.

It is during these interrogations, the two former bosses of the SIR tells that in the top of the ministry had very little appetite for critical reports about the problems in Tax.

Especially after a series of problems - such as reimbursements, wrong ejendomsvurderinger and failed it projects - was known, was the critical reports are frowned upon.

Kurt Wagner, who was head of the SIR from 2014 to this year, says, that there developed a 'revisionsfjendsk environment'.

- We could see that the environment was 'revisionsfjendsk'. We had a very hard time to get started on our audits up, he told on Wednesday to the commission.

It was reflected in the fact that the Tax was a long time to find the relevant contacts when something should be revised.

Additionally gave the ministry's top expression for, it would close the SIR. According to Kurt Wagner was tired of the fact that both The auditor general and SIR came out with critical reports on the same topics.

Also Kurt Wagner's predecessor, Kjeld Rasmussen, says that the cooperation with the top in the ministry was minimal. Cooperation with the head of department, Jens Brøchner was, according to Kjeld Rasmussen not existing.

- I have never spoken with Jens Brøchner, even if it was him, to which I referred, and sent him several reports.

- I have met him in the hallway. But it's the only contact I have had with him, told Kjeld Rasmussen.

Whether the communication from the SIR to the department was good enough, is possibly one of the issues that must be addressed when leading persons from the ministry later to testify.

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