Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Rehn 'certain' Italy will consider keeping IMU tax


Brussels, July 9 - Olli Rehn, the European
commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, said on Tuesday
he was "certain the Italian government will take into serious
consideration" the EU's recommendations to keep the contentious
IMU property tax.
The tax is up for discussion Wednesday at a summit between
all members of the left-right coalition government.
Three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi, who swept to second
in February elections on an anti-IMU platform, has threatened to
pull his center-right party's support and topple the government
if the tax is not repealed, something he says will stimulate
consumer spending and economic growth in recession-plagued
The government has so far postponed payments of the tax
while the economy ministry has stressed anything more would
threaten the health of the public coffers.
The EU has recommended that Italy relieve some of the tax
burden on labor by shifting it to consumption and property.
International bodies have also urged Italy not to roll back
The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday that
Italy cannot afford to lose the billions in euros that are now
generated by IMU, calling it a "fair and efficient" tax that has
equivalents in virtually all developed countries.
Echoing the IMF, the chief economist and deputy
secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD), Pier Carlo Padoan, said Friday the
government should keep IMU.
He suggested that property taxes are the least likely to
dampen economic growth compared with payroll and other labour
taxes that should be cut to boost Italy's economy.

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