In total, the Italian Revenue Agency recovered €19 million, the agency's director told the Chamber of Deputies' Finance Commission.
This is a 28 percent increase on the 14.9 billion recovered in 2015, and triple the €6.4 billion figure recorded ten years ago.
10.5 billion of 2016's total came from comprehensive checks carried out by the agency, including voluntary disclosure which accounted for €4.1 billion, while €8 billion came from settlements and the remaining €0.5 billion from spontaneous payments.
However, the figures are still tiny compared to the total amount lost in Italy to tax dodgers each year.
An EU-wide study published in September 2016 revealed that Italy is responsible for almost a quarter of the total lost VAT revenues in Europe.
In 2015, the government estimated the country's total losses to tax evasion at €90 billion a year. The employers' organization Confindustria put the figure even higher at €122 billion – the equivalent of 7.5 percent of GDP – in a report published the same year.
Nearly half the total is accounted for by non-payment of VAT and a third relates to the avoidance of payroll taxes – both factors related to the size of Italy's black economy.
The size of the untaxed economy is one of the reasons why Italy's public finances are in such a perilous state.