Benidorm’s struggling bars and restaurants are offered a light relief from the slack business on Spain’s Costa Blanca
The Town Hall is scrapping all taxes in Spain’s Benidorm on the Costa Blanca for outside tables and chairs until the end of 2020.
Commonly known as terrace taxes, the taxes will not have to be paid for the rest of the year, although taxes can’t be backdated.
The local Major for Benidorm, Toni Perez said an amendment to the local ordinance over terrace payments will be presented to the next plenary session of the council.
Perez said; “We are very conscious of the uncertain position that bars face and in view of the latest events we are suspending all charges from when the State of Alarm began through to December 31.”
The mayor’s comments refer to the new restrictions that order all bars to shut down at 1.00 am under a measure set to finish in early September to counter the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.
Although the Major added that there will be no retrospective backdating of payments for bar owners, as the taxes for the terraces used between January 1 and the beginning of the State of Alarm in mid-March will still have to be paid.
“It’s a help, of course, everything is a help at these desperate times, but I don’t think its a lifesaver and that’s what we need right now,” said bar owner Kevin Davies, “Although not backdating isn’t very helpful either, personally I think it’s too little too late for many,” he said.
“This should certainly be backdated and is not being, I don’t agree with that, the Mayor needs to come up with some bigger plans and ideas if he wants to save businesses in Benidorm” he finished.