ITALY: Mara Carfagna MP (Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi’s party) proposes income tax reductions… for women only

Our thanks to Paolo, a Bronze party member – we have many members based outside the UK – for this story about Mara Carfagna MP, a former showgirl and model. He explains she was the minister for equal opportunities and is now vice president of the Chamber of Deputies, besides being a prominent MP for Forza Italia, She has signed off many laws in the past. He writes:

“We aim at what is essential, goes on the “azure representative” (Berlusconi’s party MP, my comment) we know stereotypes are fought through concrete actions. That is why we prepared an amendment to the economy relaunch decree (of the economy), first signature by Carfagna (Mara Carfagna, the MP) for different taxation between men and women. We propose a reduction of 3% of the first three tax rates on income (from work) up to incomes of 55.000 Euros. This way tax rates would decrease from 23, 27 and 38% to 20 24, 35% for the part pertaining to the income from women’s work…”

(My translation of the first part of what follows.)

“Noi badiamo all’essenziale- ha continuato l’esponente azzurra- e sappiamo che gli stereotipi si combattono con provvedimenti concreti. Ecco perchè abbiamo preparato un emendamento al dl rilancio, prima firma Carfagna, per una tassazione differenziata dei redditi di lavoro dipendente e autonomo tra donne e uomini. Proponiamo una riduzione di 3 punti delle prime 3 aliquote IRPEF, fino cioè ai redditi di 55mila euro. In questo modo le le aliquote passerebbero da 23, 27 e 38% a 20, 24 e 35% per la parte relativa al reddito da lavoro delle donne. Il compianto economista Alberto Alesina, insieme ad Andrea Ichino, aveva a lungo studiato questa ipotesi, considerandola la più efficace per far emergere occupazione femminile, per una più equa distribuzione del lavoro domestico e di cura e una spinta verso la parità salariale”.

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