All posts by Judith Ruddock

By 26th April 2017

Do you rent your house in Italy? There may be some good news for you. For some time there have been incentives available in the form of tax breaks for those renting under certain types of rental contracts, but these were mainly for long-term contracts which had been approved by the tenants’ and landlords’ unions – of limited application to the majority of renters. However deductions are also available for those on lower incomes who are renting their main residence: for those with incomes of less than around €15k, the tax deduction amounts to €495.80, while for those with incomes below €31k, the deduction available is €247.90.


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By 24th March 2017

News comes of an Agenzia request to the Comuni to forward details of all Italian ex-pats who have renounced their residency since 2010 and moved abroad. The Agenzia is keen to establish that despite withdrawing their name from the Anagrafe these persons will still prove to be tax resident in Italy, thus allowing the Agenzia to claim tax from them. Possibly not of immediate interest to non-Italian ex-pats living in Italy, but an indicator that the Agenzia continues to raise its game.


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By 24th March 2017

Alarming news for those paying casual workers under the voucher scheme. For those of you who aren’t aware, the voucher scheme was introduced in 2003 as a less complicated method for paying casual workers. This was invaluable for those running small rental businesses and needing help with cleaning, welcome, gardening etc. However, as seems so often to happen in Italy, the system has been roundly abused –  in the south a furniture-making factory was discovered where the entire workforce were apparently working under the voucher scheme(!)


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By 15th February 2017

Calling all those owning property in Italy. Have you heard about IMU? This year it replaced the ICI council tax. And the bad news is that while most property owners were exempt from ICI on their first house (prima casa), IMU applies to all properties, prima casa or not. Which means that if you have property in Italy, you need to be paying IMU.


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