Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Business groups outraged over proposed tax on high incomes

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Rome, October 25 - A proposed one-time "solidarity"
tax of 3% on earnings above 150,000 euros triggered outrage from
Italian business leaders Thursday.
"There is already a rate of 3% of such income, adding
another would be quite unfair," complained Aurelio Regina, vice
president of big business lobby group Confindustria.
"This is the only segment of the population that still
spends and there is the problem of domestic consumption" in the
economy, he added.
The proposed tax, approved Wednesday by parliament's labour
committee, is designed to raise cash to extend support to
Italians left with out a job or a pension as a result of a
recent changes in retirement laws known as the 'esodati'.
Thursday, union leaders praised the idea as credible - so
long as the money raised is properly used, said the general
secretary of CISL, Raffaele Bonanni, in an interview on
state-owned RAI Radio1.
Earlier this year state pensions agency INPS calculated the
number of 'esodati' - or, exiled ones - at about 390,000, though
the figure has been disputed by Labour Minister Elsa Fornero who
has so far earmarked funds for just over 100,000.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party complained in a statement
that it was not properly consulted on the issue.

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