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Lyuben Dilov, MP from the GERB-SDS parliamentary group
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GERB representatives reprimanded Finance Minister Asen Vassilev for his ideas to return the rate for restaurateurs to 20% with next year’s budget, as well as the concept of penalties for non-issued receipts and incentives for whistleblowers.
Deputies Desislava Trifonova, Alexander Ivanov and Luden Dilov were indignant that Vassilev did not coordinate his ideas with the chairman of GERB Boyko Borisov. “There is no way we can support. Such unilateral decisions without agreement with GERB are inadmissible,” said Trifonova.
GERB MPs took the side of the restaurant industry, speaking out against the increase in taxes. Lyuben Dilov called for the introduction of a patent tax for restaurants: “This is a tool that can make the differentiation between different types of restaurants. It’s one thing to have a restaurant that works seasonally, it’s another to be in the center of a big city,” said Dilov.
“I hope that the minister is just testing the ground and is not thinking about it seriously. He will meet serious resistance,” continued Dilov. Asked why GERB continues to insist, in sync with the restaurant industry, for the VAT rate to remain at 9%, given that the measure was allegedly temporary due to the COVID-restrictions, Dilov pointed out that the reduced taxes remained in many countries in the European Union. “It is considered to be part of the anti-inflationary instruments,” the MP claims.