Taxes are not beautiful says Meloni

Taxes are not beautiful – Meloni

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Premier Giorgia Meloni asserted on Wednesday that she does not view taxes as “beautiful.”

Emphasising her government’s commitment to ensuring prudent spending of public funds, Meloni said she would never describe taxes as beautiful.

“I don’t think, and I will never say, that taxes are a beautiful thing,” Meloni stated during a conference on taxation at the Lower House.

“Donations are beautiful, not levies imposed by law. That’s why great responsibility comes with managing these resources. They must not be used irresponsibly to obtain easy, immediate popularity and leave it to those who come after (in government) to pay for that irresponsibility.”

Her remarks are in contrast to a statement made by the late former economy minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa in 2007. He sparked controversy by describing paying taxes as “beautiful,” citing it as a civilised way to contribute to society’s collective needs.

Tax settlements not evasion

Meloni further defended the government’s initiatives aimed at facilitating settlements for individuals involved in tax disputes, as part of efforts to foster a less adversarial relationship between taxpayers and the revenue authorities. She refuted claims that such measures would benefit tax evaders.

“The message we want to give is very simple,” she clarified.

“We have no friends that we have to do favours for, apart from the honest Italians who pay their taxes and contribute to the public budget, even when they are unable to pay but want to do so. There is no tolerance for those trying to be crafty, but people who are honest and in difficulty deserve to be helped.”

Maloni also highlighted the objectives of the tax reform to reshape Italy in alignment with the needs of taxpayers and businesses, countering accusations of facilitating tax evasion with concrete statistics.

The Prime Minister pointed out that 2023 was a record year for combating tax evasion.  The State recovered €24.7 billion in 2023, representing a €4.5billion increase from the previous year.

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