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VAT and writing off in Italy
Thread poster: Elvira Schmid

Elvira Schmid  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:31
English to German
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Apr 7, 2004

Hi,

can anyone give me a link where I can find a list of all the things I can write off as an Italian translator with VAT number? My accountant is not very helpful in this matter.

Thank you all for your help!


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:31
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Some links Apr 7, 2004

prompt wrote:

Hi,

can anyone give me a link where I can find a list of all the things I can write off as an Italian translator with VAT number? My accountant is not very helpful in this matter.

Thank you all for your help!


An attempt:
http://www.agenziaentrate.it/index.htm?ade_test=KO
http://europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_customs/publications/info_doc/taxation/tva/vat_ec2000_it.pdf (171 pages).

should help you. The general principle is that you can write off (for a certain percentage or for 100%)things you need for your business.


[Edited at 2004-04-07 12:56]


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xxxtr.
Local time: 04:31
English to Italian
if you have an accountant, you shouldn't be doing their job ;) Jul 22, 2004

Like Williamson said, you can write off most business expenses - so things like office equipment, computer hardware and software, anything you have purchased with your VAT ID and for business reasons. There's specific limits and exceptions but they usually concern other types of activity.

Also, if you have a home office, ie. if your "sede di attività" in your Partita Iva coincides with your home residence, then the "spese deducibili" are any home bills (phone, electricity, etc.), not sure if it's just up to 50% or in their entirety. For medical bills it's more complicated, but you can partly write them off too.

I do not know the details very well, I just hand any bills to my "commercialista" and she does the rest. I would really love to learn more about this myself and ideally, manage the whole tax process on my own but so far I have found it impossible. So I do recommend you kindly urge your accountant to check all this stuff in more detail for you.

Here's a chart that might help give you an idea anyway:
http://www.fiscoitalia.it/pagine/costifiscded.htm#professionisti

You can also try and call the Agenzia delle Entrate, they have a toll-free number for general enquiries like these:

http://www.agenziaentrate.it/servizi/assistenza_telefonica/index.htm


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