I am a subordinate employee.
And so, regarding income taxes, i pay them.
I have a headache to fill out the modello 730 (the
italian tax form) because I want the deductions allowed for having a home loan, and not lose them by having my taxes automatically computed. This operation is not that difficult but, as usual clumsy in
bureaucratic stuff, i end up making some errors, that are regularly corrected
by the kind girls at the CAAF office (the syndacate section charged to
check validity of official documents).
I swear that any error is absolutely unintentional. It wouldn't make any sense
in fact to try to be sneaky: the document to attach as a proof of its accuracy is
the CUD (a document issued by the employer), and the numbers written on
the two forms must be the same.
To tell the truth the accuracy of the data written on the 730 is
immediately verifiable only for the incomes for subordinate employment. For
instance, i could give private lessons of ancient Greek language, arrange small
electricity works, canary petsitting, or teach hang gliding,
with regular remuneration, and then i could avoid to declare it as an income.
But i don't do any of those activities, believe me.
For sure i don't have the same solidarity feeling as
Artemisia, who would like to pay more taxes. Instead i would prefer to
pay less. But i am proud to be able to say that i never evade taxes and i
am happy to pay till the last penny what is owed, to give my contribution
to the community.
I'd only like that also the other members of the same community do the same.
First of all for a social reason. Since the social services are financed by the
State through tax revenue, tax evasion means that services are not paid enough (and so performed with worse quality) or, otherwise, that
the pressure of taxation increases (obviously for non-evaders).
Moreover, I cannot find a valid reason why, for the same income, whoever is honest will have less money, since he must provide for a part to be paid in taxes.
Italian tax system doesn't allow subordinate employees to evade
taxes, while it makes it easy and lightly punished for self-employers and
enterpreneurs, for the simple reason that for this last ones it's more difficult to
evaluate the income.
Which, of course, doesn't mean that subordinate employees are more honest than
the self employers. In fact i know some enterpreneurs that pay till the last
cent, while a lot of subordinate employees do not evade only because they don't
have the opportunity to, which it's far from a moral acquittal.
The ricevuta fiscale.
The ricevuta fiscale [receipt for fiscal purposes] is an official document
that is issued by the business that contains the total amount paid by the
customer, the detail of all the products or services bought, the particulars
of the business itself along with a progressive number and the date that unequivocally
identify that receipt.
It is double-copied and written (by hand or automatically, in the form of a
scontrino fiscale, by the registratore di cassa [a particular
calculator/printer]). One copy is given to the customer and the other is kept by the
dealer. The set of all the ricevute fiscali issued in one year is so a
good enough documentation for computing the sales proceeds.
The most obvious way to evade the taxes, so, is not to issue the receipt at all,
after a sale.
I don't believe that the customer should play the role of the inspector. But
the receipt, that is a proof of the purchase, is the warranty that the taxes
due for that good are paid, and it is a right of the consumer to control that
it actually happens.
It's obvious that when a dealer does not give the receipt, in that moment he
is evading his taxes. And that is a crime.
After a sale, it's normal that a dealer actually gives the good that was paid by the
customer ("I'm not a cheater!"). On the other side, the customer for sure pays
the good he bought ("I'm not a thief!"). I cannot understand why
they feel it is allowed to pass over the receipt.
I don't know about you, but so often it happens to me that the shopkeeper "forgets"
to issue the receipt.
Being that i pay my taxes, this "forgetting" irritates me so much, and when it happens, i
expressly ask for a receipt. At that point they issue it, some times with an arrogant reaction.
Rarely it happened that they kept refusing.
I believe that, unfortunately, the main part of consumers do not have the same
"ball-breaking" nature, and at the end, for each demanded receipt, a lot of others
are lost in the guilty oblivion.
I don't believe that there is a particular category of business to point the finger
towards. As Maurice
in his post notices, if the statistics say that the restaurants are the most
impudent tax evaders, that doesn't mean that one can accuse each restaurateur to evade
taxes. For example,
the only one time we had dinner at Maurice's, the receipt was regularily issued.
To say that the restaurant dealers are dishonest is injust towards the honest ones.
And it's just for this reason that, in my opinion, the dishonest ones should be
identified. As Maurice says, "Tirate fuori i nomi e non sparate a casaccio sul mucchio"
["Quote the names and don't shoot on the mass"]. No sooner said than done. Today i start
a new survey on this blog that reports the commercial business that evade the taxes.
Or, atleast, that try to, when it's my turn to pay the bill. The list will appear
on a proper section in the right column.
Disclaimer: I'd like to make clear that this report has nothing to do with the quality of the products.
One has to start from somewhere, and so, incidentally, it happens that the first
tax evader of the list is the famous
Pasticceria Vassalli, Via S. Carlo 84/86 - 25087 Salò (Brescia).
R. and i entered last friday morning in the shop. We had a slice of ricotta
pie, a "fruit basket" (almond-chocolate wafer filled with fruit and custard),
two shakerati, two glasses of mineral water and a small pack of lemon cookies.
The lady (i think she's the owner), using the registratore di cassa as
a support to write on the notepad, performed the sum by hand and accepted
our payment of the bill with credit card. Only after the transaction, when she was
already greeting us, i demanded and obtained the receipt.