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Brunetta vows homeowners' tax will be scrapped

Berlusconi threatening to sink govt if not

Brunetta vows homeowners' tax will be scrapped

Rome, May 10 - The House whip from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on Friday vowed that the unpopular IMU homeowners' tax will be scrapped. "It will be abolished," said Renato Brunetta exiting a summit with the whips from the parties that support Enrico Letta's left-right coalition government. Government sources said the cabinet would put forth a decree suspending June IMU tax payments next week. Berlusconi, whose party occupies key seats in the fledgling government, made abolishing IMU and refunding taxpayers a major platform in his campaign leading up to February general elections. He has threatened to pull his party's support and sink the government if it does not meet his demands. Letta has agreed to "revising IMU" and suspending June payments in the meantime. Brunetta, the former civil service minister under Berlusconi, said the PdL "had absolutely not ceased its call to refund IMU payments".

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