Italian Town Punishes Tax Cheats

Tax cheats in San Germano Vercellese, Piedmont are denied access to public spaces and services.

Tax cheats in San Germano Vercellese, Piedmont are denied access to public spaces and services.

A small town in northern Piedmont is punishing tax cheats by banning them from public spaces. The move is designed to put pressure on 180 families who are dodging their taxes, says the mayor.

The mayor of San Germano Vercellese, in the northern region of Piedmont, said denying the use of swings and slides to the children of locals who failed to pay their dues was the only way to change their behavior. “There are too many tax evaders,” said Mayor Michela Rosetta, 48. “Taxes pay for services and people who don’t pay their taxes have no right to use those services.”

Children of tax cheats will also be denied school meals and access to municipal summer camps, while their parents will no longer receive free rubbish bags from the council.



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