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The Foreign Ministry declined to respond Thursday to allegations that its new director-general Dore Gold concealed during the vetting process for his job a NIS 200,000 penalty he paid to the tax authorities in 2009 to resolve suspicions of tax evasion.
According to a report in Haaretz, Gold denied during the vetting process for the top Foreign Ministry post that he had ever had to pay a penalty for tax offense, even though he did so. The report said Gold, when asked about the matter, characterized it as an “innocent mistake” that was made when filling out the form with the Civil Service Commission, and that the mistake was corrected.
The spokesman said that from ministry’s perspective, the case is closed.
According to the report, an Income Tax Authority report on people who paid penalties in 2009 included a statement about “a salaried lecturer from the Jerusalem area” suspected of concealing $109,000 in income on royalties from abroad in 2003.
Gold, who headed the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs from 2000 until his appointment in the Foreign Ministry earlier this year, was the lecturer in question, the Haaretz