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Deputy Premier Alfano rebuts Saccomanni over taxes

PdL secretary says govt wants to scrap IMU and stop VAT rise

Deputy Premier Alfano rebuts Saccomanni over taxes

(see related story) Rome, June 14 - Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Friday contradicted Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni's assertion that it is not possible to avert a 1% rise on value added tax scheduled for July and scrap an unpopular property tax called IMU. "We are fighting and we will fight to eliminate IMU on people's main residences and to avoid the VAT increase," said Alfano, who is also the secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party. "It's not a whim, it's an objective we have set ourselves". The PdL has threatened to pull its support and sink Premier Enrico Letta's broad coalition government if it fails to scrap IMU and refund the revenues raised from it in 2012 to respect the key pledge Berlusconi made in the run-up to February's inconclusive general election.

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