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Post by Admin on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:50 pm

All change yet again. There is nothing like tinkering to make sure that everyone is thoroughly confused over what they should pay and when.
We now have IUC - L'imposta Unica Comunale. This is made up of:

IMU - for second homes only (a generalisation but for clarity let's think of it like that)

  • Calculated on the same basis as previous IMU
  • Due on 16th June and 16th December
  • Due on any property that is not your main, habitual residence or one of its 'pertinenze' ('pertinenze' means associated structure and is defined differently in each Comune) PLUS 'luxury' properties PLUS agricoltural land and rural properties 'strumentale' (necessary) for the functioning of your agricoltural land.
  • As per last year, the guide rate is 0.76% but this can be increased by 0.3% or decreased by 0.3% at the discretion of the Comune to make a minimum of 0.46% and a maximum of 1.06%
  • The 2014 amount should be paid at 2013 rates for the first instalment unless your Comune has published the new rates
  • IMU is due on agricultural land with a deadline of 26th January 2015. At this point the exemptions are not 100% definite.
  • Rural buildings 'strumentale' (necessary) for the functioning of your agricultural land is not liable for IMU.



TARI - Tassa sui rifiuti (rubbish tax which replaces TARES

  • Calculated on the sqm of your property, whether it is residential or not and what class the property falls into. If it is residential then the number of people resident affects the bill.
  • It is paid by the resident and not the owner of the property
  • To be paid by the dates fixed by your comune in at least 2 installments.
  • By 30/6/2014 the Ministry of the Environment must approve new rules to establish the rates of TARI for 2014



TASI - Tassa sui servizi indivisibile (new IMU-like tax on all property)

  • Calculated on the Cadastral value of your property increased by 5% and multiplied by 160 (could be a slightly different number for land etc). For 2014 the maximum a comune can ask for is 0.25% of this calculated figure. The Comune can increase this by another 0.08% IF they offer discounts for Prima Casa.
  • To be paid by the dates fixed by your comune in at least 2 installments. You must also be given the opprotunity to pay in one installment by 16th December if the Comune has not fixed the rate by 31/5/2014 for Prima Casa. For other property the first instalment is payable by 16th October if your Comune has published no rates by that date and the final installment is due on 16th December 2014.
  • The base rate for 2014 is 0.1% and the IMU plus TASI may not exceed 1.06%
  • This is paid by the owner of the property BUT the comune can choose to have the tenant or occupier of the property pay anywhere from 10% to 30% of the bill with the remainder due from the owner.
  • This is paid on an F24 form and you will get no bill.
  • This is not payable on agricoltural land and at a reduced rate for buildings 'strumentale'.


A separate new property tax is:

IRPEF - New for 2013 is also a reintroduction of IRPEF on second properties, that are not rented and owned in the same comune as your main residence.

  • This is calculated by revaluing your Cadastral value upwards by 5% (like TASI & IMU), multiplying the result by 33% and dividing the result by 2.
  • IRPEF is declared and paid in your tax return so this may mean you now need to complete one where you didn't before.


For the purposes of IMU & TARI your prima casa/main residence or whatever you wish to call it is where you habitually live.
For the purposes of IRPEF it applies only to property where you do not have residency and is not where you habitually live and is not rented out.


NB - only IMU and TASI are paid using the F24 form. The other two tax is paid on a precompiled form from your Comune, although TARI may be paid on the F24 (as at today 09/05/2014). Any IMU declarations (e.g. to claim a discount for an unoccupied property) have to be submitted by 30/6/2014. This is 6 months earlier than before and will prove difficult if the Comune has not yet announced and reductions.

You can check if your Comune has published the IUC rates for 2014 here

Link to F24 form to pay TASI & IMU.
Link to codes to use on F24 form to pay IMU & TASI
Link to site that calculates IMU and will also generate the F24


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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by logitech on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:55 pm

Crikey! This is all like jam to me! So I have to give some more money away to someone and get diddly squat back for it?

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Post by Vicino on Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:01 pm

Admin/P,

Blimey Charlie !!!

I'll need to sit down and understand this tomorrow............my lunch was very enjoyable today !!

Thanks for the heads up !

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Post by logitech on Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:05 pm

If they fixed the fr*****g roads/emptied the bins/made the sun come out a bit more I'd think my contribution was worth it

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Post by logitech on Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:07 pm

Thanks for info anyway :)You are a star

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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by Flip on Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:25 pm

Don'tcha just love Italian Bureaucracy.....at least it gives those buffoons in Government something to do and think up new bus words for new taxes. Can't wait for the FUBAR Tax...
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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:19 pm

Thanks Admin, but does this not all sound familiar? Was ICU not around last year? IRPEF -  
Admin wrote:For the purposes of IRPEF it applies only to property where you do not have residency and is not where you habitually live and is not rented out.
Does this include property abroad... taxed twice!?***

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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by modicasa on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:20 am

Its actually the IUC not the ICU - 
and the IRPEF is local - its onlyfor property in the same comune asyour prima casa.  For example - I have a prima casa, and I have an office and I have a small flat I use when family come to visit.  So now I will pay IRPEF addizionali on my office and flat, because I dont ive in them and I dont rent them out.    THat is in addition to the national irpef, the regional irpef and the provincial irpef I now have communal irpef.  What joy.

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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by Vicino on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:52 am

Having lived around the world a bit, I have never come across such a load of tax tosh in all my days !

I own only a single house in Italy(prima casa), I now do not know what I have to pay or when I have to pay it. I don't know if I will get sent a bill and I don't know which taxes I have to work out myself !

I agree with Logitech..............what do we get for these taxes !


Absolute madness ! Just someone please send me a bill !!!!   Evil or Very Mad 


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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by Admin on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:00 am

Well Vicino, you'll get a bill for TARI but not for anything else. In your case you will have to pay TASI and TARI (plus IMU on any land) but we don't know at what exact rate until the end of April. I reckon it's reasonable to assume, in the absence of any other info, that TASI will be due by 16 June and December. Hope that helps.
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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by Admin on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:07 am

Steve, the property has to be located in the same comune where you live so it is not the same tax as the one on property owned abroad. It is likely to affect those poor souls who have inherited something from their family in the same town and not real second home owners who, let's say, have a flat at the beach. It makes it a very unfair tax IMHO. It might make people more inclined to accept reasonable offers on property they have for sale at silly prices now they have to pay yet more tax on them.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:15 am

Thanks modi, I should have read Admins post better and realised the name change, so ICI (was it)>> IMU>>ICU and now IUC. It gets worse with this IRPEF, well at least the bit where you say there are regional and national! Under what circumstances do you pay these....  affraid

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:09 am

TASI (old IMU) payable on prima casa, I'm assuming the max 0.25% is the Aliquota? If so, then this max is just over half of what we paid last time. TARI (or rubbish tax) we have already had the final bill for last year sent by the comune. We have always had a bill for this in any case, but previously sent by some agent (I assume on the Comune behalf). Problem with the latter was the fact it almost doubled in cost last year! However I should at least add that our guys do come and collect the rubbish on a regular (ish) basis...

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Post by Flip on Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:56 am

I'm with Vicino on this. Every year there is a different tax, on different thing and at different rates. Is it beyond the wit of Italians to get it right for once and for all as everyone I know doesn't have a clue about what is the current tax and what is due. All I know is that it will result in the usual Rugby Scum at the Commune and INAC office whilst the poor sods behind the counter have to deal with hundreds of bemused and confused locals not knowing what they have to pay and when. Why can't local and national Government sit down and sort this Fiasco out once and for all and then......JUST SEND ME A SODDING BILL AND I'LL PAY IT........
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Re: IUC - new name, same old taxes

Post by Admin on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:24 am

Couldn't agree more Flip. Ain't gonna happen tho'!

Steve, that is a simple question with a complicated answer but to try to keep it simple - when we pay our taxes we pay an element of IRPEF to the State, Region and Province and now a shiny new one to the comune (if we meet the rules).

Just to be clear, it was never called ICU. That was my typo. Although we could argue the whole lot should go into ICU Laughing 
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:59 pm

Thanks Admin. We are kind of with V and Flip on this one, except we will not pay the bill if too high.... Just been visiting friends  who were more settled and attached here than us (if that's possible), but were surprised to hear they are seriously now thinking of moving back. We are still trying to force ourselves into sitting down to working out the costs to see if we bite the bullet and pay whatever or go down the less than 183 days route. The latter becomes more attractive every time they mess up the tax position over here. Nothing new to us, as we always said we would be here until we got to know enough about the entire way of life (good and bad) and decided it had become too much hassle. Just keep thinking how fortunate we are to be in such a position in our lives to be able to do so...

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Post by Geotherm on Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:42 pm

Do not think anyone will ever get their heads round the stupid system here. Begin to think a 3rd world country has a better setup.
Life here is utter confusion as to taxes, but they love to fine you if you get it wrong. No intelligence in the government or provinces etc for sure.

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Post by Flip on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:47 pm

Do we know if anyone has actually refused to pay these new taxes and did it get to Court?
The Italian mentality seems to be 'Accept everything, Challenge nothing'. Nowhere else would you be expected to pay a bill/tax without the Commune/Government sending such things out to the individual.
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Post by modicasa on Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:55 am

Accept eveything challenge nothing?  Perhaps on the surface.  the undercurrent is ignore everything until you get caught, especially if they want money.

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Post by Admin on Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:06 am

I think it's different in the North Modi.  Wink 
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Post by Vicino on Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:50 am

Admin,

Thanks a lot re what type of bills I should expect !! It really is so annoying, how will this country move forward if they cannot get some sort of stability in tax collection.

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Post by Vicino on Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:37 am

stevegwmonkseaton wrote:Thanks Admin. We are kind of with V and Flip on this one, except we will not pay the bill if too high.... Just been visiting friends  who were more settled and attached here than us (if that's possible), but were surprised to hear they are seriously now thinking of moving back. We are still trying to force ourselves into sitting down to working out the costs to see if we bite the bullet and pay whatever or go down the less than 183 days route. The latter becomes more attractive every time they mess up the tax position over here. Nothing new to us, as we always said we would be here until we got to know enough about the entire way of life (good and bad) and decided it had become too much hassle. Just keep thinking how fortunate we are to be in such a position in our lives to be able to do so...


Steve, Think VERY VERY carefully before becoming resident, there may be short term gains but my gawd they make it difficult !! Having said that, with the help of many friends (and this Forum !   Razz  ) we have no plans or intentions to return to the UK in the near future (5/10 years )

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:01 pm

Thanks V, but we are already resident here and have been since just after we bought... It's the other way on we are thinking of going i.e. denouncing our residency here and spending whatever time is required back in the UK e.g. less than 3 month at a time and less than 183 days in their tax year... Not that I think the latter matters much with us as we likely still have sufficient ties to be still considered tax resident in the UK.  Very Happy  Smile  Sad 
Never know Renzi might make thinks simple Renzi to lower taxes BBC Link  What a Face


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Post by Vicino on Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:09 pm

I have to say Steve that we too are starting to consider a position similar to yourself, early days and I haven't given it a lot of thought yet but will be interested to see how things pan out over time.

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Post by michelangelo on Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:52 am

Hello, new to this forum (wondered where you had all disappeared to).  I am due to move out to Italy in the next few months but reading the proposed tax situation makes me wonder if I should go for full residence given the fact I have secured work that could give me justification for working in the UK for 190 days per annum.  Currently I own a house and an apartment in the same complex and reading the bit about IRPEF it suggests that if I'm resident I will need to pay this tax on theapartment.  However, if I'm not resident, I won't have to pay IRPEF, surely this can't be the case, if it is it seems grossly unfair on locals who may, through circumstances, have inherited property.  Can anyone shed any light on this as I'm confused and also cautious.

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