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Proposal For Copyright Tax On Italian Family Crests

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

09 April 2015


Paolo Grimoldi, a Northern League party member in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, has proposed that significant additional tax revenue could be obtained from a fee on the registration of private family coats of arms.

The bill proposed by Grimoldi would assign to the State Ceremonial Office an authority to register unique heraldic designs on crests and family arms. Individuals would be charged a government levy for the registration of their particular shield designs.

In addition, by excluding their subsequent transfer, coats of arms would also have to be re-registered by each family generation, ensuring a further influx of revenue.

Given that there are already estimated to be around 6,300 coats of arms existing in Italy, Grimoldi has said that increasing (but unspecified) amounts of revenue from this source would be assured.

TAGS: individuals | tax | law | intellectual property | copyright | fees | legislation | Italy

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