Numerous Hungarian news outlets are reporting the chief of Hungary’s tax authority (NAV), Ildikó Vida, has either resigned or been sacked.
Vida became a household name in 2014 when she admitted to being one of six Hungarian officials banned from entering the United States owing to her alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
Recently, a number of Hungarian government officials have mentioned that big changes would take place at the tax authority this year.
Two weeks ago, Minister Overseeing the Office of the Prime Minister János Lázár hinted that Vida’s departure from NAV was a definite possibility.
Hungarian news site Figyelő claims to have in its possession her letter of resignation sent to the Ministry of National Economy on May 20.
Neither Minister Mihály Varga nor ministry spokespersons have ever mentioned that the embattled Vida had submitted her letter of resignation, preferring instead to hint at major changes to come.
Lajos Simicska-owned news website mno.hu published a copy of the letter Vida sent to her colleagues Monday informing them of her departure. In it, Vida cites her opposition to the government’s intention to usher in sweeping changes at the tax authority as her reason for leaving. The letter makes no mention of allegations of corruption or being banned from entering the United States. Instead, Vida refers to “baseless and mean” attacks against her and her family since last October.
Hungary’s tax authority has yet to confirm or deny news of her departure.