Since 2014, when Jiří Žežulka (currently a partner of the APOGEO Group) has joined the management of the General Financial Directorate (GFŘ), the tax administration has largely used the so-called securing orders - an extraordinary means of holding money of the companies suspected of tax evasion.
In 2013, 457 securing orders were issued, whereas in 2014 the number exceeded one thousand and in the following three years it steadily grew by nearly a half. This radical tool was inflicted on two thousand companies, some of them even went into liquidation. On the other hand, the excise officers gradually collected increasingly smaller amounts. In 2013, the amounts averaged CZK 22 million, while in 2015 it was only CZK 8.6 million and in the first ten months of last year the average equalled only four million crowns.
At the beginning of December 2018, the tax administration recorded 262 administrative claims, where the affected companies demanded that the court should review the securing orders. In these proceedings, tax administrators succeeded in as few as 69 percent cases (as of 3 December 2018).