TEMPERS are fraying at Italy’s tax offices, as higher bills and a government clampdown on evaders has driven recession-hit Italians to vent their anger on the country’s most hated institution.
"There’s no end to it. Each day the noose tightens around our necks, and the more they tighten the screws, the less we can pay,” young businessman Gianbattista Tagliani said this week. "The government wants to recover taxes too quickly.”
Tagliani, who owns a media monitoring firm, was visiting one of the Equitalia tax collection counters in Rome to pay e5 000 (R52 956) in overdue social security contributions.
The irony, he said, was that the state was one of his clients, and it owed him e20 000. Tagliani’s comments echo a strong sense of injustice against the privileged few, in a country that entered a recession at the end of last year.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.