Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Fighting tax evasion a question of 'social justice' for govt

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Rome, June 17 - Economy Minister Fabrizio
Saccomanni said Monday that the government remained committed to
waging war on rampant tax evasion in Italy, saying it was
necessary for "social justice".
But he also stressed that the tax authorities had to
account for honest people who were having trouble paying tax
bills as Italy struggles with its longest recession in over 20
years.
Tax collectors for the Equitalia agency, which takes action
to recover outstanding tax revenues, have become hate figures
during the recession and its offices in many parts of the
country have come under a series of attacks.
At the weekend the government approved a decree which
stipulated that Equitalia cannot take possession of people's
main residences for outstanding tax bills, unless these homes
have an exceptionally high market value.
"In a period in which the Italian people have to face
sacrifices on a daily basis, tenacious pursuit of evaders and
the facilitation of fiscal obligations for honest taxpayers are
important initiatives for achieving greater social justice,"
Saccomanni told a meeting of finance police officers.
"The fight against tax evasion cannot be slowed down at
all, but it can and must take account of the needs of taxpayers
in difficulty".
The measure on Equitalia repossessions was part of the
so-called 'to do' decree of urgent moves to help revive the
Italian economy and lift it out of recession.
The 'to do' decree, which is already law after being
approved by the cabinet Saturday but needs to be ratified by
parliament, freed up around three billion euros for public works
projects this year, which should create 30,000 temporary
construction jobs.
The decree also featured a move to cut energy bills by a
total of 550 million euros, in part by slashing a tax to finance
renewable energy initiatives.
The government is set to pass more measures to simplify
bureaucracy on Wednesday and it will look at ways to fight youth
unemployment, with around four out of 10 people aged 15 to 24
out of work, at a cabinet meeting on Friday.
Fighting tax evasions is one of the issues on the agenda at
the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, which starts later on Monday.

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