HAULIERS AND HOTELIERS TO SUE THE STATE
The National Chamber of Hauliers and the Bulgarian Association of Hoteliers and Restauranteurs will initiate civil suits against the State ragarding the new patent taxes to be paid, the two organisations' chairmen Roumen Kroumov and Blagoi Ragin announced at a press conference on January 14. They will insist in front of the Department for Regional Development at the Ministry of Regional Development and Urban Planning for the towns of Lovech, Montana, Silistra, Kurdjali, Tirgovishte and Doupnitsa for their urgent reregistration from second to third group under the Natural Persons' Income Taxation Act. The distribution in all the four groups is according to the number of their citizens. The motives of the two NGOs are that the population of these six towns is below 50,000 according to the last census. Due to the failure on the part of the Chief Taxation Administration and the Ministry of Finance to enter the demographic changes, the traders in these municipalities will be paying about 30% higher patent taxes, economists claim.