All about taxes for expats in Italy

Hi everyone,

Taxation is an important subject, especially when you are an expatriate in Italy. We would like to know what you think about the tax system in your host country. This could be helpful to other people preparing for expatriation in Italy.

How to do your tax return in Italy? Are there different steps beforehand and if so, what are they?

Is it easy or did you have to get help to complete it?

Are there any important elements that should be taken into account when doing your tax return in Italy?

If you are self-employed, do you need an accountant to do your tax return?

Is there a non-double taxation agreement with your home country? In any case, do you have to pay taxes there as well?

Thanks for your contribution!

Diksha, team

Since Italian laws are very complicated, is best to hire a commecialista to handle your taxes, if you do not do much business then the cgil can help

CGIL? What is it?

How do you go about completing a tax return in Italy

Hi Diksha,
tax matter in Italy are not an easy matter. You may fulfill and file your tax return by yourself, on the web site of the Agenzia delle Entrate (the tax dept.) but the risk of an error or misunderstanding a tax rule is very high.
You may address the so called "patronato" or "CAF", that are a kind of sindycate (like CGIL) where you can find support for the fulfilling, but not for the matter that needs a consultancy.
You may, as well, go to a "commercialista", that is a CPA like. This individual professional, enrolled at the local chapter of the "dottori commercialisti", is a specialist of tax for individuals and and company, and many other matter that commonly in the english system are managed by attorneys.
So, Here I'm, My Firm provide consultancy in tax matter for individuals and company and also in Immigration law and tax relief fo foreigners.

Hi Leo18.

Hire a very competent tax accountant (commercialista). The room for error doing it yourself is huge because the tax laws in Italy are massive in number and tend to get revised frequently. Even with a tax accountant, I've been audited twice in six years. Luckily, my accountant is very competent and all turned out OK.