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🇬🇧 English (England)
Hi all,

"Nel corso del 2015 l'occupazione è aumentata a ritmi significativi (0,8 per cento nella media dei primi otto mesi sull'anno precedente); l'evidenza finora disponibile indica che l'incremento dell'occupazione dipendente, che ha riflesso soprattutto la ripresa ciclica, ha beneficiato altresì dei recenti provvedimenti adottati dal Governo in tema di decontribuzione e di riforma del mercato del lavoro".
… In particolare, la d. prevede che per alcune specifiche parti della retribuzione del lavoratore (per es., quella che si riferisce al lavoro straordinario oppure ai premi di produttività) non sia richiesto il pagamento dei contributi. …
So it’s a sort of ‘tax relief incentive’? Is that any good as a translation?

  • Decontribuzione refers specifically to pension and social contributions paid either by companies and workers, as opposed to detassazione which specfically refers to income tax rebates or exemptions. Decontribuzione has become a more widely accepted term but it is somehow ambiguous in my opinion. It says little about whether the money is paid to the pension bodies by tax money or not paid at all and whether workers will maintain (hopefully) the same level of retirement income or not. This is particularly relevant for self employed people that fund by themselves the entirety of their future pension. In the past, in the first case for which relieved contributions were funded by the tax-payers, we were used to a more specific term: fiscalizzazione degli oneri sociali. I wonder if this little monster of bureaucratic jargon has a counterpart in English.
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    Employment (social insurance) contribution relief?
    I can't say, maybe my mistake is to think that the US and the UK have a similar system than Italy to fund the social security system and the provisions for old age, survivors and disability.
    For example I know that the US had a number of "payroll tax holidays" since the Bush era, and these "tax" cuts were also if not mainly cuts to the payments to social security. These gaps were regularly filled by government's grants, so they were under all aspects "tax relieves" after all. My previous comment may have been influenced by national myopia:oops::)