First thing's first: are you required to pay taxes in Italy? Well, if you're here 183 days of the year, yes, you are! Citizens and residents are required to contribute their fair share to help keep various systems in the country intact. Now, if you only work in Italy and haven't officially moved here yet, you're still required to pay certain taxes but they're very limited. In fact, for such taxes, you'll need to pay for only the income you earn in the country itself. As for citizens and residents? Any income they earn worldwide would be subject to Italy's income tax.
So, if you're a citizen or resident of Italy, how much of your total income do you have to pay in taxes? The rates differ on the amount you earn annually. For instance, if you earn up between €15,000.00 to €28,000.00 a year, you only have to pay 27% of your income. If you earn an annual income of €28,000.00 to €55,000.00, the rate goes up to 38%. Any annual income amounting to €55,000.00 to €75,000.00 requires the taxpayer to pay 41% of his/her total income. And finally, anyone earning up to or more than €75,000.00 a year is subject to pay 43% of the total income.
So, what do you need to know when filing your annual tax return in Italy? For one thing, the deadlines are between May 1 and June 3 of each year. You can also do it online or via paper too. More often than not, it's your employers who have to file them for you by the end of each tax year. But if you're self-employed, you'll have to do it yourself. Once the deadlines have come up, ensure that you've paid everything that you needed to for less hassle. Italy has a number of penalties and punishments for those who file and pay their taxes late.
Similarly in many other countries, once you've purchased a property in Italy, you're required to pay the corresponding taxes on it. And yes, this goes for those who are not citizens or residents of the country. As long as you own property in Italy, you're required to pay your fair share for it. Typically, the rates differ in terms of your property's location, current state, and demand for when you bought it. Though the rates only just stay within a range of 0.4% to 0.7% of the total value of the property.
Now, it's no question that Italy is a tourist haven of a country and because of this, the national government installed the sales tax to earn from it. What does this mean? Simply put, practically everything you buy has a corresponding tax attached to it. A beautiful souvenir, for instance, might cost around €5.00 on its own, but because of the VAT, you have to pay a total of €6.50 to get it. Notably, unlike other taxes in the country, Italy's sales tax has a fixed rate of 20%, meaning the final price isn't as far off from the original price as it may seem.
Similar to the sales tax, Italy also has a fixed rate for its capital gains tax: 24%. But when are you required to pay it? When you earn corporate income in Italy. Corporate income is basically your net earnings, and according to Investopedia, it's "calculated as sales minus cost of goods sold, selling, general and administrative expenses, operating expenses, depreciation, interest, taxes, and other expenses." More often than not, this only applies to the big businessmen in the country. However, it's important that you know about it because you never know where you career will take you in Italy.
Let's say you're an Italian New Yorker whose roots come all the way back in Southern Italy. Then, you get the news that your grandmother, who never left the "old country," recently passed away, and with it, you inherited a small fortune. As the heir to your grandmother, not only are you entitled to inherit her estate, you're also required to pay Italy's inheritance tax. The country holds different rates depending on the estate inherited and the relationship of the heir to the deceased. In this situation, you have to pay 4% of what you inherited to the government.
Living and working in Italy may be the dream but it can also become a nightmare if you know nothing about the taxes in this country. It's better to familiarize yourself with them before you even think of moving here!
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