File your taxes in Italy in 2020: tips and deadlines
Just like every year, the Italian tax season is approaching fast, and we are facing new updates and changes from past years.
Filing taxes and assessing your tax liability (or refund) might be confusing and nerve wracking, however, this article sheds some light on the matter.
Who has to file taxes?
Not everybody has the obligation to file taxes. Some individuals are exempt from filing taxes:
Of course, if an individual has deductible items to claim there is no obligation to file taxes, however it is advisable to do so in order to claim a tax refund.
I am an Italian resident, should I file taxes?
Italian residents are taxed on the WORLDWIDE INCOME regardless of their citizenship, while non residents are ONLY taxed on INCOME MADE IN ITALY.
It does not matter where your income is made or what citizenship you have, if you are resident you have to pay taxes on any income made anywhere in the world
Which Italian tax form should I file?
Individuals in Italy can pay taxes using these forms:
Which are the main tax deadlines in Italy?
The Italian tax year is the same as the calendar year and it runs from January 1st to December 31st; 2020 tax season requires you to file taxes for income and expenses incurred during 2019.
The main tax return deadline is November 30th 2020, however, the earlier deadline of September 30th applies to Mod. 730.
If you miss the November 30th deadline, you can still file your taxes within 90 days paying a late filing fine of € 25.00.
Check also the video below for more informations about this.
What happens if i miss the deadline?
Unfortunately Italy has no mitigating factors, nor amnesty program in place. If you miss the deadline you face FULL FINES and PENALTIES applicable.
First of all, you will receive a general fine ranging from € 250.00 to € 1,024.00 for not filing taxes on time; if your return ends up in a tax liability, a further fine ranging from 120% to 240% of your tax liability is applicable by the tax authorities.
Finally, if you were required to disclose any foreign asset, you can face a fine of 3% up to 15% of the asset value (doubled if your asset is held in a black listed country/jurisdiction).
Be aware that each fine applies for EVERY tax year.
Check also this video about tax controls in Italy or our video about tax overdue in Italy.
Which deductible items can I claim?
The Italian tax code allows individuals to recover deductible items paid during the fiscal year. Among the most common deductible expenses there are:
You can then offset those items against your tax bill to reduce your tax expenditure and possibly claim a tax refund in Italy.
If you are going on holiday in Italy, check also our article about Italian tax refund.
I have income abroad. What should I do?
The first thing you have to check is the Double Tax Treaty in place between the foreign country and Italy; if there is any provision to avoid taxation of foreign income in Italy.
In any case, you can ALWAYS deduct any tax paid abroad against the liability calculated in Italy; therefore, if the Italian tax payable is higher than the foreign country one, you are required to pay the difference. On the contrary, you do not have to pay anything.
In few words, foreign taxes do not add up, you subtract one from the other.
Regardless of the fact that your tax return ends in a liability or not, you are required to disclose your Foreign Income.
Check out article about the flat tax for foreigners living in Italy or our article about tax credit for foreigners coming back in Italy.
What about foreign assets and wealth tax?
Only Italian residents are required to disclose foreign held assets. The following items must be declared:
If any taxes is paid in the foreign jurisdiction, you can use it as a TAX CREDIT to avoid double taxation!
How can Accounting Bolla help you?
Accounting Bolla is the leading chartered tax accountant in Italy for expats. We can help you out in sorting your tax position as well as filing taxes, keeping your tax affairs in order.
Want to read more? Check also our guide about freelancing in Italy, or retiring in Italy.
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After moving back to Italy from the United States in 2013, I realized how much an accounting and tax firm was needed to help expats living in Italy to comply with the local tax regulations.