Grand Prix boss 'won't pay taxes'

8th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 February 2005, BRUSSELS - The man in charge of Grand Prix motor racing in Belgium, Didier Defourny, is refusing to pay EUR 1.5 million of local taxes linked to the 2004 event.

8 February 2005

BRUSSELS - The man in charge of Grand Prix motor racing in Belgium, Didier Defourny, is refusing to pay EUR 1.5 million of local taxes linked to the 2004 event.

According to reports in Le Soir, Defourny is basing his argument on laws dating back to the 1990s.

The taxes are reported to be owed to the Malmedy and Stavelot communes where the Belgian Grand Prix circuit is based and to the authorities governing the circuit's infrastructure.

Defourny is refusing to pay the percentage of each ticket sale that has been demanded by the authorities.

He has argued instead for a set amount to be charged for each spectator, regardless of ticket price.

The Grand Prix chief will be forced to explain his actions to the commune authorities on 23 February.

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Subject: Belgian news

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