Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Veneto governor blasts government's IMU overhaul plans


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Rome, August 23 - As Italy's creaking left-right
coalition government steered toward agreement to overhaul of the
controversial IMU property tax, the governor of the northeastern
Veneto region slammed the latest proposal for not going far
"It isn't enough to exempt 70% of homeowners from the IMU,
as maintained by (Regional Affairs) Minister (Graziano) Delrio.
This tax should be completely taken away, precisely because it
affects as fundamental, precious an asset as the home," said
Luca Zaia, a member of the regionalist Northern League party, an
ally of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Zaia called for streamlining the tax system to a single
payment based on the European average tax burden of 46%, which
could be "perhaps staggered".
"Then the State wouldn't be seen or heard anymore by the
taxpayer, not running after him for possible assets like a boat
or an SUV or some other good," he said.
The chief of economics for Italy's centre-left Democratic
Party (PD) told radio listeners on Friday that the government
was close to a solution for revamping Italy's IMU property tax.
"It is clear that with respect to fairness there will be a
different tax burden for those who are better off and for those
who have a hard time getting to the end of the month," Colannino
The tax was reinstated by the previous government led by
technocrat premier Mario Monti.
Repealing it once more became a campaign promise of
Berlusconi, whose PdL roared to second in elections to become
the junior partner in the current cabinet.
The PdL has threatened to pull its support from the
government if the IMU is not rolled back.

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