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    Spain's top bullfighters are threatening to walk out of the ring for ever on May I this year if the taxation system on their earnings is not changed.

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    Spain's top bullfighters are threatening to walk out of the ring for ever on May I this year if the taxation system on their earnings is not changed.

    At the root of the problem is discontent over taxation on their previous year's earnings. Matadors say this can leave them with a tax bill larger than their earnings if they have an exceptionally good season -- and are then gored, or otherwise unable to fight, in the following year.

    The bullfighters also claim that a 40 per cent tax deduction allowance for expenses is unrealistic compared to their real outlay each season.

    The move comes at a time when many aficionados (fans) are questioning whether the spectacle is as artistically professional as it once was.

    SYNOPSIS: For centuries, Madrid has been the centre of Spanish bullfighting -- and the career of many a matador has been decided at the plaza de Toros...

    Today, the sport's in trouble. Many experts -- known as aficionados -- no longer attend the fights, claiming that the skills of some contemporary idols are showy and decadent. And there have been charges that the horns of some bulls are shaved to lessen the danger. Even so, many people say the old art form is cruel...that the picador's horses have no chance....and that less experienced matadors often mutilate the bull rather than kill it cleanly.

    If the toreadors of today are attracted by glittering financial rewards, they mist still please the crowd -- and the impresarios who stage most of the fights throughout the country. And the art of the banderilleros and matadors continues to be a major tourist attraction.

    Now, Spain's top matadors are threatening to go on strike over a taxation system based on their previous year's earning. If they're gored, this could mean a tax bill larger than their earnings the following year. The bullfighters also say a forty per cent allowance for expenses is unrealistic. And so far, there's no end to the dispute in sight.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KK250MH2DX3TW8U3SXXN2HU5
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KK250MH2DX3TW8U3SXXN2HU5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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