Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi says Letta agreed to scrap IMU property tax

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Rome, April 29 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi said
Monday that new Prime Minister Enrico Letta has agreed to his
demand for the IMU property tax to be scrapped as a condition
for his centre-right People of Freedom's (PdL) support of a new
executive.
Scrapping the unpopular tax and returning the revenues
gained from it in 2012 was Berlusconi's key pledge in the run-up
to February's inconclusive general election, which was followed
by two months of deadlock.
Letta's Democratic Party (PD) said it would ease IMU -
which was instituted among a series of austerity measures
under former Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat
government - for the worse-off, but ruled out scrapping the tax,
saying this would wreck the budget.
"For us, reimbursing the 2012 IMU and scrapping IMU for
2013 are a sine qua non," Berlusconi said.
"We told that to Letta, who gave us reassurances about
this. Now we'll see what happens".
Letta, who was sworn in along with a cabinet that features
a mix of politicians from different parties and some highly
respected institutional figures, is set to illustrate his
executive's plans in a speech in the House later on Monday ahead
of confidence votes in both chambers of parliament.
Abolishing IMU and reimbursing the 2012 revenues from it
would create a hole of around eight billion euros in this year's
budget.

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