Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani rules out new wealth tax, to concentrate on IMU

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Rome, January 18 - Democratic Party (PD) leader and
centre-left candidate for premier Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday
clarified his position over the possible introduction of a
controversial wealth tax, saying that his coalition would
concentrate on reforming the existing IMU property tax
introduced by the technocrat government of Mario Monti.
''I do not intend to be a Robespierre,'' Bersani told Radio
24 of Italy's leading business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in
reference to the French revolutionary who instituted a reign of
terror.
''We already have a wealth tax and it is IMU,'' he
continued.
''We want to work on this, making it progressive in support
of those in greatest difficulty''.
The introduction of a wealth tax has been at the centre of
public debate since Monti took office to try to save the
struggling economy in November 2011.
Such a tax has broad support among left-wing politicians
but meets with opposition from moderate members of the
centre-left and the centre-right.

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