Call for red card for Italy’s tax sweetener

A group of Green MEPs are taking a stand for a level playing field in football following Italy’s plans to offer footballers a new tax incentive.

The incentive, which the Italian government plans to introduce next year, would allow self-employed professionals who become an Italian tax resident, and who commit to remaining so for two years, to be taxed on only 50% of their income.

The MEPs have asked the Commission to investigate whether the tax incentive breaches EU competition law or constitutes state aid.

Molly, one the Green signatories to a letter to the Commission, said:

“It is clear this tax sweetener is targeted at professional footballers. It could seriously distort competition in this sector across the EU. We want to see a level playing field between clubs at the European level and for the Commission to give Italy the red card if, as we believe, this tax incentive breaches competition rules and amounts to unlawful state aid.”

“As Greens our goal is for fairer personal income taxation across all Member States and for a framework to regulate tax incentives and conditions for residency across the EU.”