The weapon of the tax authorities: “162 databases to spy on taxpayers”

Al Italian tax authorities there is no shortage of information on taxpayers. Every day billions of personal data are cataloged in 162 databases which, however, are only used to a small extent to combat tax evasion. “We must make them interact”say the executives of the Mestre artisans and small businesses association (Cgia). It is true that, in the short term, these databases should begin to communicate with each other, or to be interoperable, “however – highlight the craftsmen – if every year the people of tax evaders subtract 105 billion euros from the tax authorities and our 007s managed to recover it, in the pre-Covid period, between 18 and 20, it means that, potentially, we know life, death and miracles on who is known at Fisco, while we are groping in the dark towards those who are not, with the result that tax evasion prospers, excessively penalizing those who pay taxes to the last cent ”.

The flop of the tools used to combat tax evasion

Salt’tax evasion is one of the main problems of Italy, it is clear for the CGIA that these tools should constitute the essential toolbox for carrying out more just and equitable practices. Up to now, the tools used by the tax authorities to track down tax evaders have proved to be of little use. The cashback and the receipt lottery, for example, had to give a lethal blow to tax evasion or, at least, drastically reduce the one due to omitted invoicing which, in relation to the total one, has an important impact. Both measures, unfortunately, were a flop, they didn’t work. Or rather, they did not produce the desired results.

What the cashback and the receipt lottery produced

The news was given by the CGIA research office. Cashback, for example, was even put in the attic by the Draghi government which, starting from June 2021, suspended its application. The decision arose from the fact that no clear causal relationship emerged between the incentives provided by the cashback and the decrease in tax evasion. Furthermore, the cost of the measure, equal to 4.75 billion euros, appears to be significantly higher than the potential for recovery from evasion. There receipt lotterywhich entered into force on February 1 of last year, does not seem to have aroused great interest among taxpayers / consumers.

According to the data of the Customs and Monopolies Agency, if in March 2021 the monthly receipts associated with the lottery had touched the maximum peak of 25 thousand units, subsequently there was a constant contraction; last autumn the monthly number dropped to just over 5 thousand. It should be noted that only of food and soft drinks, households made monthly purchases of 12 billion euros in 2020.


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