"Tevera Nera"

09/01/2009 - 18:53

Ciao e tutti Heard a lot of talk about "Tevera Nera" tax lately, and campaigns for the abolition thereof, but no-one seems to be able to explain it to me.Che significa? Grazie in antcipo   


Don't get me started on this one! According to my commercialista it is just a set up to pay the Committee a per diem when they sit in meetings. In theory, the tax is to keep the valley, where the Tiber and the Nera rivers meet, clean and organised (???...). I have a house in Perugia province and have been billed from time to time (there was a hiatus from 2005 to 2008 while they explored the legality of the tax) - the tax is about €10 for my 22,000 sq. m. of land and the fixed "administration costs" are about €10. You can see why my commercialista is sceptical. Last year they even tried to make us pay double by billing both my husband and myself separately for the same land. We sent a registered letter telling them to go hang - we only paid the one bill with a clear statement on the pay-in slip that this covered both bills. We didn't get a reply BUT in August we got a single bill in both our names! It's not the money - €20 is peanuts compared to our imaginative electricity bills - IT IS THE PRINCIPLE.