ITALY - 2019 Budget Act - Italy introduces a new tax relief for foreign retirees moving to Italy
The Italian Budget Law introduced a new tax relief for retirees who move to a town in southern Italy with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants.
The tax scheme provides for a 7% tax rate on foreign income for five years, therefore no further tax obligations will be required by the Italian tax Authority on income arising abroad.
The Italian tax regime could be viewed as having the same scope as the Portuguese regime of 'non-habitual residents' which provides for a tax exemption from income tax for pensions and other income of non-Portuguese sources received by individuals that transfer their tax residence to Portugal.
In order to benefit from the new tax scheme and to apply for the option, the following two points will need to be considered:
- You must not have been a resident in Italy in the five fiscal years prior to the one in which the option becomes effective.
- You must have transferred your residency from countries with which administrative cooperation agreements are in force.
The above provisions have been introduced with the hope of attracting foreign retired individuals. With this new scheme in place, it will have a relevant impact on the tax planning of individuals going forward which will need to be considered before taking action.