What follows is a brief introduction to property and income taxes and other money matters in Italy. It is by no means exhaustive - Italian tax matters are rarely straighforward and it is worth every
penny of the usually modest fees to use the services of a local commercialista, or accountant. And be warned that the Italian love for sigle, or abbreviations, is given free rein when it comes to taxes.
If you are neither resident nor working here, you need only bother yourself with property taxes on any buildings that you own. Each comune, or town council, levies I.M.U.
(imposta municipale unica) that is a tax on property based on size and type of property and charged to owners. At the moment there is a reduction on your principle residence. Your local comune also raises a separate tax to pay for refuse disposal called
T.A.R.I (TAssa RIfiuti), and if you're connected to mains water you'll have to pay for that as well.
If you wish to work here things get more complex and a commercialista, or accountant, becomes essential. And remember, even if you work for and are paid by companies
abroad, if you are resident in Italy you are usually liable to pay tax here.
Italian income tax, I.R.P.E.F., and national pension and health payments, paid to an authority called I.N.P.S., are the two principal fiscal burdens you will have to get to grips with. If you are self-employed or have your own business you will also have to
get involved with I.V.A. (Italian value added tax); the threshold for IVA means that virtually anyone who is self-employed has to charge IVA on sales or services. At the risk of sounding repetitive, don't try any of this without a commercialista.
When it comes to banking, keep in mind that local bank managers in many banks have a degree of autonomy and you can sometimes negotiate interest rates on loans and even bank
charges on transactions.