Italian VAT update

Sun 28th Dec 2014

The latest Italian VAT Decree contains a range of simplification measures, and was issued at the end of November.

The VAT compliance changes include:

  • Italian companies planning intra-community transactions will now be granted a VIES registration automatically, rather than the current 30-day approval period.
  • Following an order from the European Commission, Italy has dropped the requirement for a bank guarantee or insurance policy in favour of the State for VAT credits below €15,000. Where above this amount, companies may still avoid the need for a guarantee if the can produce a report from a qualified Italian tax lawyer that the credit is worthy.
  • Intrastat filings have been simplified
  • Italian ‘Black Lists’ will only have to be produced on an annual basis for transactions above €10,000
  • The deduction of VAT on freely provided services is to be limited to €26 per supply
  • The requirement on suppliers to secure a letter of intent on sales to regular exports is switched to the regular exporter