Foreign News: Lie & Let Lie

In Italy they have an old custom which allows a taxpayer to declare his own income for purposes of local taxation, subject to correction by a commission of his fellow citizens. The tendency is to lie and let lie. In the town of Guastalla (pop. 6,000), which sprawls peacefully along the banks of the Po River, the president of the local tax commission is a Communist. Professor Remo Salati, who wears a double-breasted suit like Communist Leader Togliatti and imitates Togliatti's manner of talking, also has access to federal tax returns in which taxpayers, in the face of stringent new tax...

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