By Marzia De Giuli
ROME, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- A revamped computer data system which compares taxpayers' income declarations with their spending habits will combat widespread evasion, officials of the Italian Revenue Agency said on Wednesday.
The so-called "redditometro" (income calculator) will allow to "intercept forms of impudent evasion" as well as the large number of "fake poor" Italians, the agency's deputy director Marco Di Capua was quoted as saying by local media.
The redditometro, which would be fully operational starting from March, will look at whether a taxpayer's declaration of taxable income is effectively coherent with his or her overall spending capacity.
The declared income will be compared with a long list of more than 100 spending indicators divided into the seven categories of housing, vehicles, insurance, education, sports and recreational activities, other significant expenses, and investments.
The methodology will be able to cross-check the data of more than 40 million citizens differentiating between 11 categories of family unit together with the region of Italy in which they live.
The agency clarified on Wednesday that it prepares to carry out less than 40,000 checks in a year. Only a difference between the taxpayers' lifestyle and declared income of over 20 percent would lead to action.