Plovdiv tax collectors selling upmarket Sofia house owned by company that failed to pay tax

The Plovdiv branch of Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency is selling a four-storey house, valued at more than 1.1 million leva, in the upmarket area of Boyana on the slopes of Sofia’s Vitosha mountain, because the company that owns the house failed to pay tax.
The land was bought in 2009 and the house is newly-built, by a southern Bulgaria company. The building is about 615 sq m with a 510 sq m yard. The house is built to the latest building standards.
A licensed appraiser put the value of the house at 1.152 million leva (about 576 000 euro) – value-added tax included.
Viewings of the property will be possible after a Plovdiv firm contracted to handle the sale completes initial checks, and in the same period – starting this week – bids from prospective buyers will be accepted.
Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency has been active for some time in selling various properties and other items owned by tax defaulters.
In late September, it emerged that the agency was selling a football field in Lyubimets, owned by business person Dimitar Dachev, a member of the board of the Lyubimets football club. The land put up for sale because of unpaid taxes was used as a children’s golf driving range. Also being sold was adjacent land, on the site of the former municipal swimming pool. The property was valued at 50 000 leva.
Lyubimets mayor Atanas Atanassov said that the property had been sold to Dachev in 2008. The main stadium and other training facilities were still owned by the municipality and would continue to benefit local players and children, he said.
At the beginning of September 2012, the National Revenue Agency in Sofia made headlines by announcing that it was selling more than 1200 firearms of various types, mostly hunting rifles, semi-automatic weapons and rifles. Most had been confiscated by court order and made subject to public sale.
Prospective buyers were required to have permits issued under the Weapons Act, the National Revenue Agency said.
This sale followed one shortly before that, of gold in the form of ingots and jewellery, confiscated during busts of smuggling operations. The sale of the gold items reportedly raised more than 246 000 leva for Bulgaria’s treasury.
(Photo: Jason Morrison)



The Sofia Globe staff

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