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Tari: waste tax pressure increases by 10 billion, Confesercenti says

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20% higher compared to last year, 100% higher compared to 2008. Enterprises to pay 4 billions.

New name, old tax, emptier pockets. The old tax on waste, known as Tares, will now be called Tari (“Tassa sui Rifiuti”, Tax on Waste), and it will cost taxpayers up to 10 billion Euro. Enterprises will pay overall 4 billion Euro. These are the estimates of Confesercenti, a trade association of small and medium Italian enterprises. Their survey analysed the weight of Tari in all Italian regional capitals, with the exception of Trento, where a different tax regulation applies.

This increase of the tax (20% compared to last year, more than 100% since 2008) is due to a succession of new taxes and to the progressive increase of tax rates done by municipalities all over Italy. Restaurants and cafes are the main target: their overall contribution amounts to 1.2 billion Euro.

The survey by Confesercenti reveals an extremely uneven taxation system: under the same conditions, huge differences can be observed in all regional capitals for what concerns the amount of the tax, the exemptions, the possible tax breaks, the quality of the service and its general environmental sustainability.

Naples is inconveniently rated as the most expensive city with respect to the average Tari on tourism and commerce enterprises: 5,567.89 Euro, 84% more than the same tax in Milan. The second place goes to Florence (4,975 Euro), followed by Rome (4,902 Euro). The lowest average Tari is paid in L’Aquila: 1,473 Euro per year, 278% less than in Naples. The second and third places go to Aosta (1,745.03 Euro) and Campobasso (1,881.09 Euro).

The hotel sector is the most affected by this new tax on waste: the requested contribution amounts up to 15 thousand Euro in the case of Naples. Expenses are extremely onerous for restaurants and pizzerias as well: in the case of Venice, a business facility of 200 square metres may be charged up to 12 thousand Euro per year. That is over five times higher than in Campobasso (a little above 2,400 Euro).

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