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Italy's Chamber of Deputies gave final approval to a bill aimed at curbing tax evasion, ending wrangling that at times threatened the coalition government of Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. The lower house voted 255-89, with 140 abstentions, to approve the measure, which took nearly four months to move through the Italian Parliament. The most controversial aspect of the bill is that it gives tax officials special powers to assess companies for taxes if investigations indicate that the firms are not voluntarily paying their full tax liability.

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