VAT in Italy

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In Italy, the Value Added Tax is referred to as the Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto (IVA) and was initiated in 1972, largely under the Presidential Decree No. 633. The EU VAT Directives have been integrated into Italian VAT regulations, with Italy being a founding member of the EU. Italian VAT laws are supported by case law and further detailed by administrative guidelines that list various VAT compliance standards. The VAT system in Italy is supervised by the Ministry of Finance.

Italy is a member state of the European Union and is required to follow the EU’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) legislation. This legislation has been standardized across the EU, including Italy, to create a level playing field for businesses and consumers across the region.

Everything you need to know about VAT in Italy such as VAT Registration, Returns, Tax Representation (if applicable), and your legal duties in Italy, is conveniently located right here!

VAT guide Italy information

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Introduction to VAT in Italy

  • The EU VAT system is built upon two essential principles:
  • Firstly, VAT is a consumption tax that is applied to the final sale of goods and services.
    Secondly, the principle of fiscal neutrality means that the VAT system should not create any unfair advantages for businesses or influence consumers’ choices.

Scope of Taxation

Italian VAT law is consistent with Article 2 of the EU VAT Directive, which Member States are required to transpose into their domestic laws, resulting in substantial harmonization across the EU. Thus, VAT is charged on the following types of transactions:

  • Taxable persons who carry out supplies of goods or services within Italy’s borders.
  • Imports.
  • Intra-community acquisitions of goods into Italy carried out by a taxable person.
  • Reverse-charge services received by a taxable person in Italy

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Italy VAT information

Tax Authority Agenzia delle Entrate
VAT in local languages ‘’Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto’’
Currency € Euro
VAT number format


IT+11 digits
VAT rates


Standard 22%; Reduced 10%, 5% and 4%
Zero-rated (0%) and exempt
Established None
Non-established None
Intra-Community acquisitions None
Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS) EUR 10,000
VAT Group Allowed but not mandatory. This is facilitated by a Ministerial Decree dated April 18, 2018.
Voluntary Registration Allowed. Taxpayers who fall below the VAT “Small Enterprise Threshold” are not obligated but can opt to do so.
Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses Yes
Compliance Returns and Deadlines
VAT Payments M/Q Quarterly –16th day of the second month following each calendar quarter, except for the last quarter. The VAT payment of the last quarter is due by 16 March of the following year if the taxpayer opted for quarterly VAT payments. Monthly – 16th day of the following month
VAT Return Q  Last day of the second month following each quarter. The Quarterly VAT Return related to the second quarter must be submitted by 16 September, while the one related to the fourth quarter must be submitted by the last day of the month of February
Frequency Monthly or Quarterly for VAT payments. Quarterly and Annual for VAT returns
Intrastat M/Q 25th day following the end of the reporting period
Annual Return Between February 1 and April 30 of the following year
Electronic Invoicing Electronic invoicing is mandatory in Italy for all transactions between taxpayers (businesses, freelancers, etc.) since 2019 and became fully mandatory starting 2021.

Last Updated: 07/09/2023


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