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Italy's inland revenue reforming land registry

Chief defends Equitalia's aggressive tax collection

20 March, 16:49
Italy's inland revenue reforming land registry (ANSA) - Roma, March 20 - Italy's inland revenue service is overhauling its land registry system to ensure it better reflects property values, its head Attilio Befera said Thursday.

The move is meant to update calculations for property-tax rates, Befera told a parliament committee.

Befera also defended the actions of tax-collection agency Equitalia during his speech, saying the state entity helped fight tax dodging. Before it was founded, "the citizen who failed to pay would be at ease and carefree, as absolutely nothing would happen to him," Befera said. Equitalia has been in the headlines in recent years amid allegedly aggressive tax recovery systems, and has been criticized by three-time premier and convicted tax dodger Silvio Berlusconi. A number of business owners have committed suicide in recent years citing the agency's aggressive methods as the last straw.