Czechs Risk Provisional Budget Due to Tax Row, Hospodarske Says

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Czech government may be forced to start the year with a provisional budget if President Vaclav Klaus rejects a bill that includes tax increases, Hospodarske Noviny reported, citing a government lawmaker.

If Klaus returns the legislation to lawmakers later than Dec. 21, the chamber won’t be able to reconvene and overturn his veto, Hospodarske said, citing Pavel Suchanek, the head of the parliamentary budget committee. The lower house of parliament is expected to vote tomorrow on the bill, needed to cut the budget deficit next year, the newspaper said.

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