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Italy to Raise Energy Windfall Tax in €35 Billion Budget

  • Meloni plans to strike highly divisive citizens income measure
  • Tax on energy profits imposed on profits and not on revenue
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Italy has signed off on a €35 billion ($36 billion) budget law for next year which will raise a windfall tax on energy companies in order to expand aid to families and businesses hit by higher prices.

The new budget, the first presented by Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing administration, plans to increase the tax rate on additional profits made by selling energy to 35% from the current 25% until mid 2023, according to a government statement released early on Tuesday. In 2023, the tax will be calculated on additional net income declared by companies selling energy at higher prices, and not on sales as it is done at the moment.