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    Generali contributes significantly to the development and financial stability of the countries where it operates, covering a key role in a period where governments pursue the balance between growth and welfare.

    The Group’s Italian and foreign companies pay income tax based on the rates and taxation rules set by the laws of each country.

    Income taxes
    (€ million)
    31/12/2016 31/12/2015
    Income taxes 1,036 1,183
    Deferred taxes -119 -71
    Total taxes of the period 918 1,112
    Income taxes on discontinued operations 0 5
    Total income taxes 918 1,117

    The tax rate was 29.1% (32.6% at 31 December 2015). Compared to last year, this performance is primarily attributable to the reduction of the nominal tax rate on corporate income in France and Spain, as well as extraordinary income recognized in Germany against lower taxes on previous years.

    In 2016 we designed and conceived a tax control framework system for detecting, measuring, managing and controlling tax risks. The framework is not yet mandatory for operators and is part of OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) cooperative compliance. Its aim is to ensure the correct identification and appropriate control of tax risks through an approach  based on an analysis that cuts across various corporate processes, in order to prevent or mitigate the risk of breaching tax regulations.

    The framework includes five phases:

    • tax audit to identify relevant corporate processes for risk control purposes and relevant regulations for risk management purposes
    • mapping of existing tax processes with related risks
    • analysis of the tax compliance of the processes
    • analysis of the adequacy of the processes
    • definition and implementation of corrective measures as a result of any shortcomings found in the two previous phases.

    As institutional investors, we contribute to the development and financial stability of the countries through investment in government bonds of around € 174 billion, representing 33% of our total assets under management. We also support the development of the real economy, including through investment in corporate bonds (non-financial) of around € 70 billion.