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Zero Capital Gain Tax Italy Exemption

For many, the charm of owning a piece of Italy – a quaint villa or an elegant apartment – is a dream come true. But beyond the romance, there’s a pragmatic side to consider: the tax implications of selling your Italian property. Fortunately, Italy offers some attractive tax incentives for property sellers, making it both a beautiful and smart investment.

The Allure of Long-term Investment:

If you’re thinking of cashing in on your Italian property investment, there’s good news. Hold onto your property for five years or longer, and when you decide to sell, you can pocket all the profits. That’s correct: the capital gains tax is a staggering zero percent for properties held for this duration. However, ensure the property is in your name. If it’s under a company’s banner, this exemption won’t apply. The exception? If the property is under a sole proprietorship, known in Italy as “Partita IVA”. Here, you can offset capital gain taxes with any potential losses your business might have experienced.

Shorter Holding Periods and Their Implications:

Perhaps you’ve not held onto the property for the full five years, or maybe you intended it as a quick investment flip. In this case, a fixed substitute capital gains tax of 26% applies. If you’re an Italian resident, another option is to declare the profit as other income (or “redditi diversi” in Italian), and after accounting for deductions, pay your standard state taxes, known as “Irpef”.

Special Provisions for Primary Residences:

For those who sell their primary Italian residence before the 5-year mark, Italy still offers a tax-friendly provision. You’re exempt from capital gains tax if you purchase another property within a year, making it your primary residence once again. This essentially means the property should be the place where you reside for the majority of the year. And the cherry on top? This provision isn’t just restricted to Italy. If, for instance, you wish to relocate to another EU country like France within a year of selling your Italian property, the tax exemption still holds. Plus, you get to retain the benefits of the “Bonus Prima Casa” tax incentive that you might have availed of during the initial purchase.

A Final Note:

Italy’s rich tapestry of culture, history, and landscapes, combined with its investor-friendly tax incentives, makes it an unparalleled destination for property investors. To stay informed about these and other real estate opportunities in Italy, consider subscribing to our newsletter. Until our next Italian discourse, Ciao!

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