Czech Ruling Lawmakers Remain Split on Tax Increases, CTK Says

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Czech Premier Petr Necas’s lawmakers failed to agree today on backing a government bill that includes tax increases ahead of a parliamentary debate on the proposal, CTK newswire reported, citing deputy Marek Snajdr.

Six deputies from Necas’s Civic Democratic Party, including Snajdr, joined the opposition on Sept. 5 and voted against a bill that included raising sales-tax rates and the introduction of a new tax rate for high earners. The government submitted the same bill to parliament again, tying its approval to a confidence vote.

Talks among Necas’s lawmakers will continue before the lower house of the legislature votes on the tax package, which may take place as early as tomorrow, CTK said.

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