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VAT Registration Italy

In order to perform a commercial or professional activity in Italy that is not merely temporary, you need to register for the purposes of VAT (IVA in Italian).

In order to trade you need to have a VAT number. In order to get it, you may apply at the tax office or have an accountant request it for you. Once you have a VAT number, you can start issuing invoices.

It is very important to select the most appropriate activity code, the regime and whether to register as dealing with clients and suppliers in the EU or not.

The activity code is very important, as it identifies the kind of activity you are going to perform and whether you will need to register also with the local Chamber of Commerce or not. It also determines the type of contribution for which you must register and pay, which may result in paying an annual fixed amount plus a percentage of your income or just a percentage of your income.

The regime you choose is also important, as it will determine how your tax base will be calculated and the tax rates that are applied. For example, professionals with an annual turnover lower than 65K Euros are eligible for a special forfeit regime for which you do not have to add VAT to issued invoices and a flat tax of 5% or 15% is applied to a part of your income.

European database, NGO and regular filing after VAT registration Italy

If you want to issue or receive invoices to and from EU entities, you need to specify this when you apply for your VAT number.

Some not-for-profit organisations can benefit from a special VAT regime as well.

If you are in the “standard” VAT regime, in addition to adding VAT to your invoices, you will need to file quarterly VAT returns, an annual VAT return, quarterly foreign operations’ returns and quarterly or monthly Intrastat returns (for intra-European activity).

It is worth counting on Italian Tax experts ir order to keep up with IRPEF, IRAP and many other Italian taxes you should mind about.

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This service is available across Italy


1Who is this service for?

Understanding local VAT rules and what actions need to be taken to ensure compliance are critical for businesses involved in providing services and products to other businesses and consumers resident in foreign countries.

National tax enforcement authorities tend to be zealous in relation to VAT compliance and infractions can prove extremely costly and disruptive.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Initial discussion to determine your particular situation
  • If you have received notification of an infringement, the tax lawyer will consider your legal options and best outcomes. Upon agreement, the lawyer will then represent you before national tribunals
  • If you need to understand how the local VAT rules and regulations would impact you and a proposed business plan, a report will be compiled. A follow-up meeting is generally arranged to deal with questions that arise as a result of the content of the report
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3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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