Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018



Rome, February 4 - Italian ex-premier and
centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi declared on Monday that he
favours a new tax amnesty if granted a ruling coalition in the
upcoming parliamentary election, set for February 24-25.
"I would absolutely agree with creating tax amnesty. I have
always been against the left on this," Berlusconi told the
television station La7.
"Absolutely yes. There is absolutely need for an amnesty.
If I have a majority, it will be done," added Berlusconi, who is
the leader and founder of the centre-right People of Freedom
(PdL) party.
Berlusconi's comments provoked immediate reaction from the
law-oriented Italy of Values (IDV) party.
"Berlusconi proposes an amnesty? Obvious and evident given
what he knows about tax evasion. Italy must become a virtuous
country and can only do so by carrying out a series of battles
against tax evasion. A tombstone should be put on this," said
Antonio Borghesi, president of IDV Chamber representatives and
Civic Revolution candidate in the current election cycle.
Berlusconi was convicted in October of involvement in an
off-shore tax evasion scheme at Mediaset, a case that he is
appealing in higher court.
During his last mandate, the ex-premier spearheaded a tax
amnesty in 2009-2010 that brought home 104.5 billion euros in
capital and other assets hidden abroad.
The amnesty allowed Italians to legalize hidden assets and
accounts without having to pay back taxes - only a one-off
penalty fee, initially 5% on their value.
According to the treasury, 98% of the 104.5 billion euros
in assets and capital declared were repatriated and resulted in
the collection of 5.6 billion euros in penalty fees.

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