It was supposed to be a redistributive measure (giving to the poorest to take away from the rich) and instead had the opposite effect. The adoption of cashback decided by the previous government was motivated by a laudable intent: to push electronic payments to combat evasion. But it only favored those who were already used to paying with credit and debit cards. Those who, culturally, already had an approach oriented towards less money circulation and, at the time, often greater possibilities of spending.
Says Alessandro Mastrocinque, president of CAF-Cia, the system of the Fiscal Assistance Centers of CIA Italian Farmers, that 81.7% of the transactions involved expenses for amounts up to 50 euros and the number of users who made more than 100 transactions equal to 30.7% of the total. Transactions between 200 and 300 euros reach 0.9%, while transactions over 300 euros are 0.8%: It can be asserted, by comparing the number of transactions existing before the initiative, that the increase in payments with electronic instruments was contained compared to what was expected, which was done in a systemic manner by those who already used these payment instruments and in general for small payments. When economic resources are limited and a crisis is faced, measures that tend to favor work, development and support for the less well-off are welcome, but not tools that have shown little effectiveness as well as little equity.
No one knows, as long as there is an ongoing investigation, who that account belongs to. It emerges only if fraudulent behavior is suspected by crossing the clues that also come from other databases and social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, stages of our lifestyles better than any other. It would better analyze the transactions of the VAT numbers. Each year, the Revenue makes 300 thousand checks. Little thing, because over 80% of small taxpayers are not analyzed. And then the separation between those who collect taxes and those who register those debts with the tax authorities should be filed once and for all. We have 8,000 municipalities that register billions of positions in the roll, including fines and unpaid Tari bills. Time runs inexorably up to the tax records, then it must be the Inland Revenue-Collection to take on the burden. When, on the other hand, they could do it by themselves. The state behaves in the same way whether it is a debt of 150 euros for an unpaid fine, or a corporate fraud of 200 thousand euros. The databases of the Guardia di Finanza and the Revenue Agency then do not communicate. Let alone if they communicate with those of the thousands of municipal waste disposal companies.