(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - The party of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi said it had triumphed Wednesday ahead of a cabinet
meeting to decide the future of a controversial property tax
known as IMU.
"Finally there will be a solution to IMU on primary
residences and farmland," said Renato Brunetta, House whip for
the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Lawmakers said after late meetings Tuesday that the
fractious left-right coalition government had agreed to roll
back the tax and now must come up with new sources of revenue to
make up for the resulting 2.426-billion-euro shortfall in 2013
alone at a cabinet meeting later Wednesday.
Brunetta said that IMU would "be cancelled for 2013" and
real-estate taxes in general would be reformed under the
umbrella term "service tax" in 2014.
He added that finding revenue to make up for scrapping IMU
was being determined "in a serious, responsible, and transparent
Berlusconi and his supporters have threatened to bring down
the government of Premier Enrico Letta since its founding in
April if it failed to roll back the tax, a central plank in his
campaign platform in February elections when his centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party roared to second and ultimately
won a junior partnership in the current left-right coalition.