The Italian 7% Flat Tax Zone Just Blew Up

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The Italian 7% Flat Tax Zone Just Blew Up

March 23, 2022

Hold on, because the Italian 7% flat tax scheme, just got a whole lot better!

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If you’re planning to move to Italy and take advantage of the 7% flat tax benefit, I have some great news my friends that I am sure you are going to love.

Let’s first have a quick reminder of what the 7% flat tax scheme is.

In 2019, Italy implemented a 7% flat tax regime for new arrivals who receive government pensions or private pensions from a foreign country. This law allows pensioners who relocate to certain regions in Southern Italy with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants or select towns in Central Italy with fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, to pay a flat tax of 7% on their foreign earned income while reaping the benefits of la dolce vita in Italy.

The 7% regime is valid for a duration of ten years after which the regular taxation rules in Italy apply. For many foreigners, the savings are substantial.

However, many people who need the savings have been disappointed to learn that their chosen dream location further up the boot, was not part of the 7% scheme. 

Well, I’ve got some good news for you.

Recent updates to the law have changed the qualifying criteria for some Central Region municipalities to benefit from the flat tax.   In the past, only a selection of small comune that had under 3000 population were included in the law.

These towns were designated to be affected by the earthquakes and were in a higher-risk seismic zone.  They were also quite remote, had very few services, and were not attracting new residents to the region as hoped. In fact, only 50 people have elected to the tax regime in these areas since it was implemented.  This is less than a success.

Therefore, the government has made some changes and has just announced that they have increased the population threshold to 20,000 residents (from 3000) which opens several amazing places in Marche, Lazio, and Umbria.  They are still in seismic zones, but very habitable and some extremely popular for tourists.

I won’t keep you waiting any longer.

Here is a list of the towns that qualify for the 7% flat tax benefit.

Happy house hunting!


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  1. Hege says:

    Hi there, does this extension of the tax zone also apply to foreigners coming to work in the area? To be taxed on 10% rather than 30% of income, you needed to live somewhere from Abruzzo and further south, is that still the case? Do you have a link to a government site announcing the change? Thanks in advance!

    • Samantha says:

      One of the major requirements for the 7% flat tax is that you are receiving a pension. You can still be working somewhere and receiving a pension and qualify. However, this is a flat tax for foreign-sourced income. the 90/10 & 70/30 is still designated by Region and the south is the 10%. This has not changed.

  2. Finn says:

    Hello!
    Can you please link to an official government announcement for the new 7% tax locations in Umbria, Lazio and Marche? A quick search found nothing about this.

    Thanks!

  3. Mo says:

    Hi Sam,
    Are you sure about this list? There are quite a few comuni over 20K on it like Spoleto, Ascoli Piceno, Riete – all much larger pops than than 20K.
    ~ Mo

    • Samantha says:

      Please look closely at the list and names. Rieti is Rieti;Rivodutri (RI) and Ascoli Piceno is Ascoli Piceno; Belfort del Chienti

      Spoleto on its own looks like a double of Monteleone do Spoleto or Cerrato di Spoleto.

      I will double check that so that you for pointing it out.

  4. James says:

    Can I come earned through an overseas business be used for this? I have an online biz that I can run from anywhere and pull money out from.

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