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Tax „Cobra” has launched its activity

Members of the team "Cobra" will be engaged in identifying, detecting and combating selected tax evasion cases in both the tax and criminal side. A cooperative solving of cases ensure full access to information and evidence means that will be used by all involved members in the proceedings.  

The Director General of the General Directorate of Customs, Brig. Gen. Pavel Novotný, the Deputy Director General of the General Financial Directorate, Mr. Jiří Žežulka and the President of the Police of the Czech Republic, Col. Tomáš Tuhý signed a protocol implementing coordination agreement on cooperation, exchange of information and coordination (so called "Cobra") on 13th, 2014.

The “Cobra” was officially launched on June 15th, 2014, but the police officers, customs and tax specialists from the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic and the Financial Administration of the Czech Republic has already worked together on tax evasion cases and coordination of the proceedings connected with these cases.

Members of the team "Cobra" will be engaged in identifying, detecting and combating selected tax evasion cases in both the tax and criminal side. A cooperative solving of cases ensure full access to information and evidence means that will be used by all involved members in the proceedings.

The Financial Administration of the Czech Republic, as an essential member of “Cobra”, will engage primarily the tax specialists from the risk management in administration of taxes. These employees, in cooperation with the other team members, will participate operatively in the fight against tax evasion. They will use their experience from many controlling actions focused on detection of VAT frauds.

The agreement, which was signed by the Minister of Finance and Minister of the Interior on April 11th, 2014, has set up the rules for the exchange of information and rules of joint approach of the Police of the Czech Republic, the Financial Administration of the Czech Republic and the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic in the fight against tax evasion and tax criminality with its primary objective to ensure proper collection of taxes and to return illegally gained means back to the state budget.