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03 October 2020If we could count on a tax burden equal to the European average, every Italian family would save 1,506 euros in taxes per year, reports the CGIA which compared the tax burden of the 28 EU countries.

According to the latest available data (average year 2019), the tax burden in Italy stopped at 42.4% of GDP (+ 0.7% on 2018).

This increase took place after 5 years of constant decline in the tax burden.

After the peak reached in 2013, the weight of taxes and contributions began to drop especially with the executive led by Renzi who, among other things, removed the IMU on the first home and eased the cost of labor of new hires.

What will happen this year?

There is the impression that the tax burden is set to rise again.

Not so much because the rates have been adjusted upwards, which in fact did not happen, but because we will record a vertical drop in GDP that is more significant than the contraction recorded in revenues.

In 2019, among the 28 EU countries, Italy was in sixth place for the weight of the tax burden as a percentage of GDP.

First Denmark (47.6%), then France (47.3%), Belgium (45.5%), Sweden (43.5%) and Austria (42.9%).

Italy is sixth with 42.4% against 41.6% in Germany, and 35.2% in the United Kingdom and Spain.

With taxes from Spain or the United Kingdom, an Italian family would have saved almost 5,000 euros a year.

In comparison with the average EU tax burden for 2019 (40.2%), an Italian family would have paid 1,506 euros less in taxes and 548 in comparison with Germany, 2,123 with the Netherlands and 4,930 with the United Kingdom and Spain. .

Also among the major European countries, the result that emerges from the comparison with France stands out.

If in Italy we had the same tax burden as Paris (47.3%), the average Italian family would pay 3,355 euros more in taxes and even 3,561 euros in comparison with Denmark where the tax burden is highest in the whole of the EU ( 47.6%).

Italy is also the country, with Portugal, where paying taxes is more difficult, especially for companies.

From the latest statistics from the World Bank, our entrepreneurs "lose" 30 days a year (238 hours) to collect all the information necessary to calculate the taxes due;

to complete tax returns and to submit them to the financial administration;

to make the payment online or with the appropriate authorities.

In France 17 days (139 hours) are enough, in Spain 18 (143) and in Germany 27 (218);

the Euro Area average is 18 days (147).

The data refer to a medium-sized company, in the second year of life and with about 60 employees.

According to Paolo Zabeo, "the next budget law requires a shocking intervention which, within a few years, will reduce the tax burden by at least 3-4%. Those who believe that only 10 billion are sufficient is wrong: this figure is insufficient. 2021 a contraction of at least 20 billion euros is required and this goal can only be achieved if it is possible to lower unproductive public spending and part of the tax breaks by the same amount. In the last 10 years, the spending review has not produced appreciable results, while the number of tax deductions and deductions has increased dramatically, especially in this period of Covid "

." But in addition to cutting taxes - adds Renato Mason, Cgia secretary - it is equally important to simplify our tax system " .