Italians have to face them every day: Iva, IMU, Tasi, TV license, contributions, car tax and so on. Too many for our pockets, already burdened by a crisis that arrived too fast and that is leaving too slowly. So, most part of the salary and the income goes to subsidize a state that often does not give anything in return in terms of services to citizens. It nevertheless continues to prop up a Revenue that is among the most expensive ones in the Old Continent. It is sufficient to say that if the tax burden of our country was in line with the European average, every Italian would save € 904 per year, so roughly a monthly salary more. Money that could be used to support consumption and allow businesses to breathe.
The data was provided by the Research Department of the Association of artisans and small businesses (Cgia) from Mestre, which has compared the tax burden within the 28 countries recorded in 2014 and then calculated the Italian differential taxation: subsequently, the analysis of the Research Department defined the differential taxation of Italian taxpayers compared with other European countries. At the top of the list there is France, where the total weight of taxes and social security contributions amounted to 47.8 percent of GDP. Followed by Belgium with 47.1 percent, Sweden with 44.5 percent, Austria with 43.7 percent and, in fifth place, Italy. Last year, the tax burden in Italy stopped at 43.4 percent of gross domestic product. The average of the 28 countries that comprise the EU, instead, stabilized at 40 percent; 3.4 points less than here.
In the analysis the Cgia decided to calculate even the larger or smaller payments that everyone of us has to pay compared with what happens elsewhere. The Germans, for example, pay an average of €1,037 a year less than us. Similarly Italians devote to the Exchequer €1,409 more than the Dutch, €1,701 more than the Portuguese, €2,313 more than the British people, €2,499 more than Spanish and €3,323 more than the Irish. In other words, a ton of money. The analysis points out that the figure of the Italian tax burden relative to 2014 did not take into account the effect of the so-called “Bonus Renzi”. Last year, in fact, the €80 “returned” to the low average income of employees cost €6.6 billion. The latter amount was recorded in the balance of our public administration as additional expense. Therefore, if you recalculate all considering these € 6.6 billion that are practically a tax cut, even if they increased cash outflows, the tax burden falls to 43 percent.
“The Government must act on the front of the rationalization of public expenditure – with cuts to the waste and to the inefficiencies of the public machine – if we want to pay less taxes. In addition, this operation must be carried out very quickly”, Paolo Zebeo said. “By the 30th of September, in fact, because of the refusal of the European Union to the extension of the reverse charge to retailers, the government will have to find €728 million, or the excise taxes on fuel will be increased for the same amount” .
And to avoid a new tax increase, the executive will have to sterilize a number of safeguard clauses extremely “challenging”. Although the minister Padoan “has more than once averted a further increase in the tax burden,” – the Cgia says – with the next stability law will have to find €16 billion to avoid an increase in revenue for the same amount for the coming year . A far crying from the reduction of Imu.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo