Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Promise to scrap IMU 'nice try' to buy votes, says Monti

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Rome, February 4 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti
said on Monday that ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's promise to
scrap a highly unpopular housing tax if his coalition wins in
the upcoming elections was a "nice try to corrupt Italians with
their own money".
Berlusconi wants to "buy Italians' votes with Italians'
money," Monti said in an interview on RTL 102.5 radio.
Berlusconi, who has said he will be finance minister if
his center-right coalition wins the February 24-25 general
elections, promised he will scrap the tax on first homes known
as the IMU.
"This tax has caused Italian families worry, anxiety and
fear for the future," said Berlusconi.
The house tax, which Monti reintroduced after Berlusconi
abolished it in 2008, has come under fire from all sides of the
political spectrum.
Berlusconi also said his coalition abolish, over the a
regional business tax, not increase VAT and said would not
introduce a wealth tax on high earners.
The introduction of a wealth tax has also caused 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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