Simplifications and tax. Retry attempts


Italy’s Premier Giuseppe Conte leaves after attending a thanksgiving ceremony dedicated to physicians and nurses of the Italian Civil Protection in Rome, Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Monday or Tuesday the approval of the Simplifications decree, during the week the reopening of the tax reform table. Giuseppe Conte intervenes in the event for the election of the new secretary general of the Uil, Pierpaolo Bombardieri, and sends messages to his majority. To the Democratic Party, which has been denouncing the government’s immobility for some time, to the 5-star rating, which with Luigi Di Maio has been pushing for lower taxes for at least a month. And it does so on the day when Carlo Bonomi attacked the government again, this time on the Mes money, which would be a breath of fresh air but which the government does not want to use “for ideological reasons”.

The prime minister is not up to criticism, he replies with unusual hardness for his usually mild tones: ‚ÄúThere is a daily chatter, a constant and continuous blah blah that often crops up on the pages of newspapers, especially in the headlines, which describes us as a wait-and-see government, unable to make firm decisions. The reality of the facts says otherwise. ” Government sources explain how the Simplifications, “the mother of all reforms” according to the head of the Government, will be approved at the beginning of the week, but subject to agreements, a non-definitive formulation that is usually used to approve a text with points still to perfect. And in reality the knot of construction sites and commissioners for the works has not yet been resolved, but the reason is another. The calendar of the Chambers is clogged, and approving another decree would mean having to work in August. Here is the stratagem: to approve it except for agreements at the beginning of the week, to then postpone its definitive formulation just before the middle of the month, to have a window of time in September for the parliamentary passage.

With the 20 billion maneuver looming, the table on tax reform will start a job that allows for a long time “Any type of measure will not see the light before the next budget law”, explains a source from the Ministry of Economy. Nothing anticipated the premier to the leaders of CGIL, CISL and UIL who met briefly on the sidelines of the election of bombers, referring them to a face-to-face at Palazzo Chigi probably in the second half of next week.

The starting hypothesis is that of the merger of the two lower rates of Irpef. The last simulation made included a single band at 20% instead of the current two at 23% and 27%, a hypothesis that leaves Roberto Gualtieri perplexed.

The impact on public finances would be quantified at around 20 billion. There is already a battle over coverage, with part of the majority pointing to a revision of the system of deductions and deductions, and Italia viva asking to start from the abolition of quota 100 and citizenship income. The 5 stars obviously oppose, arguing with an ambitious plan that starts from the Irap cut, and continues with a flat tax for craftsmen and traders and the introduction of the single family allowance.

Unanimous by the majority parties on not considering the proposal to lower VAT in the package. And, moreover, there is also some caution on the subject in Palazzo Chigi. The only opening comes from the Democratic Party: “If you do – explains a man from the Nazarene – it will be for a few months and within the framework of the emergency response”. The 5 stars are cold, cold, Gualtieri also says. The table will start, the goal has not been defined.