Europe’s condemnation of the Meloni government does not seem to have been enough.
Indeed, the recent proposal put forward by Minister Giorgetti (Northern League) to differentiate taxation for singles and families, thus favouring married mothers and fathers with children is clear proof of the current government’s agenda.
It’s yet another discriminatory action towards the LGBTQIA+ community and singles, as well as towards all those that – by choice or for other reasons – do not formalise their bond, cannot have children or choose (as is their full right) not to.
Giorgetti’s proposal is to eliminate taxes for households with at least two children.
The reform will not affect the single allowance, which will instead be increased and a deduction of €10,000 a year added, for each dependent child until the end of university studies, with no income limit.
“To encourage the birth rate [the minister argues] the strongest lever can only be another one: to propose not just relief for families but reductions in the number of taxes to be paid”.
The obvious result is therefore higher taxation for singles, non-formalised or formalised but childless couples and LGBTQIA+ families. In short, a very unfair and decidedly non-inclusive approach.
In Italy, at present, an LGBTQIA+ couple has no access to egalitarian marriage, nor to adoption, nor even to medically assisted procreation. And, even if a homosexual family manages to have children abroad, the family status would not be institutionally recognised: in other words, total discrimination with no way out.
It would then perhaps be advisable, even before thinking about tax relief for families, to devise a legislative structure that really encapsulates all. Surely encouraging the birth rate should include all possible family structures: heterosexual, homosexual and single-parent? Only in this way would all children be truly and sincerely supported, thus avoiding a celibacy-style tax that harks back to a regressive 1927.
Giorgio Galluzzo, Business Development Executive