Tackling undeclared work database

Undeclared work can be defined as work which is in itself legal but is not declared to the authorities for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. Across the 28 Member States of the European Union, a great deal of effort is being invested into developing and testing policy measures that aim to tackle undeclared work.

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Urban Centres for Economic Renewal, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  The Urban Operational Centres for Economic Renewal (Centri Urbani Operativi per la Riqualificazione Economica, CUORE) project consists of a network of neighbourhood service centres for entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs. The primary objective is to develop a friendly relationship between the state and informal entrepreneurs, with the government offering help but expecting something in return.  
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    Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality, Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Reform of inspection services, Italy

28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
Decree Law No. 124 of 23 April 2004 introduced reform of the labour inspection services. The aims were to improve coordination and information exchange between the various agencies involved, and to move beyond the traditional penalty based approach by also offering advisory services.
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Voucher scheme for seasonal work in agriculture, Italy

05 Aprile 2009
  • Italy
The Italian government launched an initiative in 2008 to combat undeclared work, by establishing a voucher scheme in the agricultural sector (sistema dei voucher nel settore agricolo). As an experimental measure, employers could apply for vouchers which could then be used as payment to workers undertaking supplementary work in the sector during the grape harvest. The vouchers include social security and insurance contributions.
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Measures to increase employer communication, Italy

31 Agosto 2008
  • Italy
  In January 2007, the 2007 Finance Act (legge finanziaria) introduced some changes in relation to employment provisions. Employers are now obliged to communicate the start of an employment relationship, as well as modifications to an employment contract and dismissals, to the competent authorities. The information collected will enable the government to monitor labour market developments and to evaluate public policies on labour. Indirectly, this new law will also help to fight undeclared work.  
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    Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality, Prevention

National committee for the formalisation of irregular work, Italy

31 Agosto 2008
  • Italy
  The National Committee for the Formalisation of Irregular Work was created in 1998. The main objectives of the initiative include: creating an institutional network between the central government and regional authorities, with the aim of gaining knowledge about the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the informal economy and proposing formalisation policies, encouraging commitment among workers and employers to be tax compliant, and fighting undeclared work.  
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    Changing attitudes: commitment to tax morality, Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

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