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Three senior tax officials tender their resignations

High-ranking officials at the National Tax Service (NTS) offered to resign en masse Monday in the aftermath of the appointment of the agency’s new commissioner, Kim Duk-joong, last month. The resignations are expected to accelerate the reshuffling process at the NTS under the Park Geun-hye administration.

“Cho Hyun-kwan, head of the Seoul Regional Tax Service who passed the 25th civil service exam two years earlier than Kim; Park Yun-jun, deputy head of the NTS who passed the civil service exam in the same year as Kim; and Kim Eun-ho, head of the Busan Regional Tax Service, all submitted letters of resignation last week,” said an official from the state-controlled agency on Monday.

With the resignations, there are four high-level official seats vacant, including the Jungbu Regional Tax Office head position previously held by the new NTS commissioner. According to sources, nominees to replace the senior officials include those who passed the 27th and 28th civil service exams.

“With all the senior officials stepping down, there will be a quick shift in generations at the NTS,” said the NTS official.

Along with the tax service agency, two senior deputy governors and seven deputy governors at the Financial Supervisory Service submitted resignations to new Gov. Choi Soo-hyun the same day. Choi has emphasized the need to speed up organizational reshuffling to “carry out new plans along the lines of the new administration.”

In general, senior deputy governor positions are nominated by the FSS governor and officially appointed by the Financial Services Commission, while deputy governor positions are appointed directly by the governor.

Last week, Choi Jong-ku, former deputy finance minister, was appointed first senior deputy governor, a post formerly held by Choi Soo-hyun.

By Lee Eun-joo, Kim Chang-gyu [angie@joongang.co.kr]

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