Guest essay by Eric Worrall
50,000 Italian businesses hit with repeated lockdowns have threatened a tax strike, on the grounds it is unreasonable for the government to demand tax money if they are not allowed to conduct their business.
Italian Businesses Threaten Tax Strike If Closed Under Lockdown
25 Nov 2020
A Tuscan group representing small and medium-sized enterprises has threatened the government with a tax strike if businesses are forced to close due to Wuhan coronavirus lockdown measures.
Confcommercio Toscana said that it would support any of its 50,000 members across Tuscany in their tax strike. The group’s president, Anna Lapini, stated that “those who govern us have not bothered to stop the costs to our companies, which instead continue to run”. She added that businesses would not have the cash needed to make tax payments.
“Our companies no longer have resources, and we prefer to continue to pay employees and suppliers as a priority over a state that does not understand, but rather tramples on, our reasons for existence. So we pay no more taxes,” Lapini said, according to Il Giornale.
Italy: Salvini and Allies Demand Govt Suspend Taxes in Lockdown Areas https://t.co/dk9AelzI8f— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 8, 2020
If a business is not allowed to conduct their business, how are they supposed to raise revenue to pay their taxes?
Of course, I am not in any way advocating anyone break the law. Anyone who refuses to pay their taxes, for whatever reason, is likely to have a very rough time indeed.