7% Flat Tax on Foreign Income Thinking of retiring to Italy? You could take advantage of a generous flat tax rate if you move to one of Italy’s small southern towns. Here’s an overview of who’s eligible and how it works. In a bid to attract more people to Italy’s rural south, the Italian government…

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ITALIAN PRIMA CASA (First Home) TAX REDUCTIONS Question: How do the Italian Prima Casa tax reductions work?   Answer: If you acquire an Italian residential property by purchase, gift or inheritance, the transfer is subject to transfer taxes. If the property does not qualify as a luxury property for tax purposes, you might be allowed…

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Question: How long does it take to become an Italian resident after I file the Italian residency application?   Answer: If your Italian residency application is complete and accurate you can expect your residency to be recorded starting from the date of your application. Within a couple of days after you file the Italian residency…

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Italian Elective Residency Visa  Question: What are the requirements to apply for an Italian Elective Residency Visa?   Answer: The requirements, the process and timing for an Italian Elective Residency Visa are as follows:   Requirements and Process of the Italian Elective Residency Visa Where To Apply for an Italian Elective Residency Visa: You must…

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Italian Citizenship by Descent through Residency   Question: When is the best time to apply for Italian citizenship by descent through residency?   Answer: Between July 3rd and October 15th. Why? For tax reasons. How are Italian citizenship applications and Italian taxes connected? Actually, they are not! At least not directly as Italian citizenship does…

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ITALIAN CITIZENSHIP 1948 CASE Question: Am I entitled to Italian citizenship if my Italian grandmother gave birth to my father prior to 1948?   Answer: If your female ancestor gave birth prior to 1948 this is not necessarily a reason to prevent your Italian citizenship status.   Let’s correct some misconceptions about Italian citizenship 1948…

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Italian property purchase tips Buying a Property in Italy? Don’t Make Your Offer Without Reading These 10 Tips During the past 20+ years of working on thousands international real estate transactions nationwide we have seen many instances where some key planning up front made a lot of difference. In the current market, the sale prices are…

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 Question: What are the building and planning permit requirements for an Italian property?   Answer: In Italy you need to comply with building rules and regulations in order to do any construction work on an Italian property. For example, you typically need permits to build a property, to add an extension, for renovations as well as remodeling work, even small…

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Italian Tax Code – Codice Fiscale Question: What is the codice fiscale? When do I need it? How do I get it? What are the requirements? How long does it take to get one?   Answer: The Italian term “codice fiscale” is commonly translated as “tax code”, “fiscal code” or “tax number”. The Italian Codice Fiscale is an Italian identification code. The personal codice fiscale…

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Question: I am a EU citizen and I would like to know the requirements to become an Italian resident.   Answer: EU citizens (and citizens of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) can currently spend up to three months in Italy without having to comply with any particular requirement. A EU citizen who would want to stay…

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 Question: Can a lawyer or a notary assist me writing an Italian Will? How much a standard Will process would cost?   Answer: Notaries are the typical professionals writing and registering Italian Wills. Italian lawyers are not. If neither you speak fluent Italian or the notary speaks your language, the notary will likely ask for an interpreter to participate in the Will to make sure you…

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ITALIAN REAL ESTATE AGENT LIABILITY Question: What title checks does an Italian real estate agent do? And what if the realtor does not disclose to the buyer the existence of a lien?   Answer: The Italian Supreme Court has affirmed that, if a buyer and a seller sign a purchase offer with the assistance of…

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Italian Notary – Notaio Question:  What is the role of an Italian Notary public (Notaio) in Italian property transactions?   Answer:  Italian notaries are legal professionals who act as public officers in Italian real estate transactions.  Property transfer contracts must be signed in front of a notary. As public officers, Italian notaries conduct formal document checks as…

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Question: What are the taxes applicable to Italian legal fees?   Answer: Italian lawyers’ invoices are subject to 4% pension tax. The fee amount + 4% pension tax is then subject to Value Added Tax (VAT), except for clients who do not live in the EU, with some exceptions. The VAT rate for legal services…

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Question: I need a Power of Attorney to be used in the USA. My husband is currently in Italy for an extended period of time. I am going to buy a property in Florida. I am buying it with a mortgage. They require a  Power of Attorney  from him to be used at closing while he is not…

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