Associate Partner at Studio TDL
Fabio Mazzini is an Associate Partner at Studio TDL, with a solid background in corporate and tax consultancy for multinational operations. Registered with the Vigevano (PV) Register of Chartered Accountants since April 7, 2004, and as a Statutory Auditor from March 3, 2008, he offers knowledgeable assistance in both national and international taxation. His areas of expertise include direct and indirect taxes, tax litigation, financial and tax due diligence. Mazzini is skilled in conducting company appraisals and evaluations, particularly in the contexts of corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. He serves as an auditor and Statutory Auditor for notable Italian and international companies. Fluent in English and Spanish, his professional focus encompasses Accounting and Financial Statements, Management Control, and Corporate and Contractual consultancy, as well as guiding Extraordinary Operations.
Italy’s new Delegation Law to launch tax reform
November 16, 2023
Italy’s new tax Delegation Law is set to create a significant overhaul of the tax system following the introduction of the Delegation Law, Law no. 111, effective from 29 August 2023. The legislation, published on 14 August in the Official Gazette, outlines the framework for a comprehensive tax reform to be implemented by August 2025.
The law is structured across five titles encompassing 23 articles. It outlines the general principles and implementation schedule, delves into various tax categories including income tax, VAT, and IRAP, and addresses regional and local taxes as well as gaming.
Italy’s new tax Delegation Law – Article 7
Article 7 of the law brings VAT into sharp focus, signalling a shift towards greater alignment with European Union standards. Key amendments include redefining VAT bases to reflect EU terminology, particularly in the classification of goods and services. This realignment is expected to clarify definitions surrounding contracts, share transfers, and leasing arrangements.
In a move to modernise the VAT system, the law also revises exemptions, potentially expanding VAT liability in the real estate and financial sectors. VAT rates are set for a rationalisation process, aligning with EU criteria and potentially easing the burden on socially essential goods and services.
A notable change in the VAT landscape is the introduction of more flexible deduction mechanisms. This aligns Italy with EU VAT guidelines and offers businesses a tailored approach to deductions, depending on the usage of goods and services in taxable transactions.
The law doesn’t overlook customs procedures. Article 11 proposes a digital and streamlined future for customs, enhancing efficiency in coordination, checks, and procedural aspects. This includes a comprehensive reorganisation of liquidation, assessment, and collection processes.
While the Delegation Law sets out the blueprint for reform, its full impact will unfold as specific regulations and measures are introduced. At present, no new VAT rules have come into effect, but the stage is set for significant changes.
As Italy embarks on this ambitious reform, the business community and individuals alike await the practical implications. The reform promises a more integrated and efficient tax system, in line with EU standards, but it also brings a period of adjustment and adaptation.
Read the full analysis in Italian and English here.