“Devastating crisis, there is no time to waste”

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Gualtieri guest at the In Onda program, on La7 29 June 2020


The government has intervened in recent months to “counter the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 epidemic” and now “there is no time to lose” to avoid “a phase of economic depression”. Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri writes this in the introduction to the National Relaunch Plan, according to what is read in the draft anticipated by the Ansa agency.

The document indicates the lines of the Plan that Italy will develop for September based on three pillars: “Modernization of the country, ecological transition and social and territorial inclusion and gender equality”. The “considerable resources that the European Union has put in place – Gualtieri still writes – must be used to the best”.

Comprehensive tax reform, including indirect taxes

In the draft of the Pnr there is also the theme of easing the tax burden “one of the most important components of the Government program”. After the wedge cut started in July, the government is working on “a comprehensive reform of direct and indirect taxation” to “design a fair, simple and transparent tax system for citizens, which in particular reduces the tax burden on the middle classes and families with children and accelerate the transition of the economic system towards greater environmental and social sustainability “. reads in the draft PNR, the National Reform Plan which accompanies the Def and which should arrive on the table of the next Council of Ministers. With the reform “tax expenses will also be rationalized and, in particular, environmentally harmful subsidies will be reviewed.

More checks against evasion, no amnesty

The “reduction of the tax gap” is a “priority objective” which will be pursued with “the improvement of the quality of controls” also to “prevent taxpayers from unduly benefiting” from anti-Covid aid “, by strengthening” the effectiveness of the collection “and the push for” voluntary compliance “but” the determination not to provide for new amnesties which, generating expectations about their repetition, reduces the effectiveness of the collection of taxes “is confirmed.” The draft reads.

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