Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi pledges tax cuts in election run-up

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Rome, February 12 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on
Tuesday pledged to reduce the tax burden in Italy in a bid to
lead the centre right to victory in general elections on
February 24 and 25.
"Everyone knows we think it is possible and necessary to
reduce public spending in order to reduce fiscal pressure," the
three-time premier told a forum organized by ANSA.
"Our aim is to reduce tax pressure by one percentage point
a year and public spending by two," with a possible savings of
16 billion euros a year, he said.
Berlusconi added that his coalition intends to introduce
just two income-tax brackets instead of the present five in the
event of election victory as part of efforts to shift the tax
burden "from people to things".
The centre right also plans to scrap the regional business
tax IRAP entirely over four years, he said.
A recent media blitz by Berlusconi has allowed his
centre-right coalition to narrow the gap with the centre-left
coalition led by Democratic Party (PD) Secretary Pier Luigi
Bersani, still the frontrunner as of last Friday when the last
opinion polls to be published before the elections were
released.
The media magnate has said that he does not want to be
premier again in the event of victory but that he would prefer
to head up the economy ministry instead.

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