'Tax reforms to proceed without Matza'

Incoming Finance Ministry Director General Yarom Ariav will take responsibility for the reforms.

yaakov matza 298.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Incoming Finance Ministry Director General Yarom Ariav will take responsibility for making sure pending reforms on the negative income tax and company car tax policy continue even though the top position at the Israel Tax Authority remains vacant amid the ongoing investigation of its top officials. Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson has instructed Ariav, who will enter the office on Sunday, replacing Yossi Bachar, to continue and even speed up the proceedings of the reforms, which Bachar had been handling. With the investigation of the Tax Authority and the arrest of its head Jacky Matza and other senior officials, it was feared that decisions on ongoing tax reforms could be delayed. The Finance Ministry confirmed that Ariav, coming into office on Sunday to replace Dr. Yossi For the past four years, Ariav has been working as the CEO of Israel Chemicals in Europe. Between 1989 and 1993, he served as deputy budget director. Despite urgent calls by lawyers, accountants and the industry to announce a temporary replacement for the detained director of the Authority, Hirchson has left them waiting. "The nomination of a temporary replacement for Matza will be made by Sunday," sources close to the Finance Ministry confirmed. "The preferred choice is Bachar, but he has not yet given a definitive answer to Hirchson's request." Other contenders for the temporary spot are Yehuda Nasradishi, Matza's deputy and Head of Professional Administration, and Boaz Soffer, senior deputy director general responsible for finance and development. Meanwhile, Hirchson on Thursday visited the Tax Authority offices in Tel Aviv in a show of solidarity and support to keep up the morale of heads of divisions and staff. "In this difficult time to us all and in particular for the tax authority workers, we have to remind ourselves of the importance of the authority and its work to the State and the economy," he said. "Therefore, it is of utmost importance to continue the good work even in this difficult time."