There is an abnormal number of old people tax collection roles of modest uncollected amount that wanders in taxpayers’ mailboxes and floods the fiscal warehouse, committing human and economic resources to a kind of “mission impossible”: it is 178 million positions, for roles of less than a thousand euros. Numerically it represents 78% of folders accumulated until 2020. In absolute value, the total reaches 56 billion euros. An analysis by the Unimpresa Study Center makes the fleas of the fiscal warehouse.
Over a third of the stock (34.4%) is made up of roles that are at least 10 years old. In this case the absolute figure rises: we are at 343 billion euros. This leads to over 400 billion (out of a total of almost 999) which, according to many experts, will not be easy to collect. Suffice it to say that many debtor taxpayers have died, or – in the case of companies – have gone bankrupt, closed. In short, they no longer exist. And we are not talking about marginal figures, but of 133 billion euros never collected, to which are added another 152 billion euros which refer to companies in a comatose state, with bankruptcy or similar procedures in progress. It is a total of 285 billion irrecoverable.
Taxpayers in debt with the tax authorities are almost 18 million: of which 15 million are individuals, the rest are businesses. According to the study every year (obviously subject to the period Covid) the taxman issues 16 million new tax bills. But – busy as he is on the backlog – he manages to collect less than half. Only 20% is settled immediately and another 25% is extinguished through recovery procedures or installments. 55% of the roles are recovered after a long time and only minimally.
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The question that many people ask is: is it really worth it to commit so many resources on old folders that obviously the holders cannot or do not want to pay? Which in any case, on balance, lead to revenues lower than the costs incurred for the collection procedures? From an ethical point of view, in fact, yes, it would be worth a try, to avoid rewarding the usual crafty ones. But from a practical point of view probably not, it’s not worth it, especially if you really want to accelerate the fight against tax evasion.
For some time Lega and Cinquestelle have been pushing for a scrapping quater and a further postponement of the shipment of the folders. And the same Minister of Economy, Daniele Franco, a couple of days ago at the parliamentary hearing on Nadef, announced that the sending of the files could be further “diluted”. And on the scrapping he admitted that there is an ongoing evaluation: “We are seeing if some further spreading of the charges can be considered.” A scrapping quater could affect the folders for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020, with the full payment of the tax in installments and the cancellation of penalties and interest.
“We have arrived in front of an important political decision, for which the government, while it is starting the discussion, with the delegated law that has just been passed, of a broad and organic tax reform, must set itself clear and precise objectives”, observe the analysts of the Centro Studi di Unimpresa, according to which “we need a clear choice of field that would allow, in fact, once the reform is launched, to restart the relationship between the State and the taxpayer from scratch”.
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