VAT and invoicing regulations in Italy
Thread poster: Kitti Moonli (X)

Kitti Moonli (X)  Identity Verified
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Nov 11, 2003


I have recently moved to Italy and am about to invoice for the first job I have done since getting here. The agency I did the work for is in Luxembourg. Do I need to show VAT on my invoice?

I saw that the topic of VAT re EU was brought up a while ago, but I wasn't clear from it about charging VAT between EU countries.

Also, if anyone can suggest where I can find information on tax and vat rules and regulations and what I need to be doing to keep my paperwork correctly for Italy, it would be most appreciated.


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Unlikely Nov 11, 2003

Hi Kitti,
On a general note, you should always discuss these issues with your tax advisor.

This issue has been discussed in a number of threads recently, including: (I take it this is the one you refer to - Parrot posted a link to the EU website.)

If your customer is a business (and this should be evidenced by the fact that they provide you with a valid EU VAT ID - you can check it here), you probably need not charge VAT. Make sure to check any particular regulations that might apply in Luxembourg and/or Italy.

HTH - Ralf


sabina moscatelli  Identity Verified
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Hi Kitty Nov 11, 2003

If you have your own Italian VAT no. as a freelance translator you MUST NOT calculate VAT on the invoices for non-Italian customers.




Kitti Moonli (X)  Identity Verified
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And if I have no Italian VAT no? Nov 11, 2003

Does this mean that if I have no Italian VAT no, I should be charging VAT?

What is the threshold at which I should/it is worth obtaining an Italian VAT no?

It seems from the other recent threads and associated links that I shouldn't be charging VAT because the agency is VAT registered.


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