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Italy Criminalizes More Tax Offenses, Ponders Further Virus Aid

July 7, 2020, 1:04 PM

Italy is set to hold companies liable for fraud committed by individuals that involves value-added tax evasion of 10 million euros ($11.3 million) or more.

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday expanded company liability to include the crimes of fraudulent tax declaration, omission of declaration, and unlawful compensation on the part of individuals. The measures are part of a decree implementing E.U. Directive 2017/1371, which governs criminal sanctions for fighting financial fraud.

  • The provisions will take effect as soon as the decree is published in the Official Gazette, but the law can still be amended by Parliament.
  • Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri presented to the cabinet the new National Reform Program, a response to the coronavirus crisis that will include tax reform to “improve fairness and efficiency, reduce income tax rates and increase company’s propensity to invest in creating income and jobs,” the government said. Additional details were not immediately available.
  • Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed July 1 that the government was evaluating whether to follow Germany’s lead in temporarily reducing value-added tax.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janna Brancolini in Milan at correspondents@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Meg Shreve at mshreve@bloombergtax.com; David Jolly at djolly@bloombergindustry.com

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