Tax issues with Italian client
Thread poster: Evi Zierlein

Evi Zierlein
United Kingdom
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May 17, 2006

I have just been contacted by an Italian client I have done a translation for recently. Their "commercialista" asked them for my VAT no. (which I haven't got as it is not needed for a certain level of income in the UK) or if that wasn't available to apply a "ritenuta d'acconto". However, as far as I know that shouldn't be necessary as I pay my taxes (in full) in the UK and therefore a tax at source wouldn't make any sense.
Am I right? And if so how can I explain this to the client or rather prove it to their "commercialista"?

Thanks for your help.

Evi


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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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NI number? May 17, 2006

Hi Evi,
Have you tried giving them your National Insurance number? That will give them something "official" to put in their system. You could also mail them some URLs to the HMRC website re the VAT registration threshold.

Sorry it's not particularly helpful but I think you've done all you need to do and it's your client's/their accountant's responsibility to do the paperwork at their end.

I may be wrong - you could call or e-mail HMRC and find out for sure.

Let us know how you get on.
Best,
Amy

[Edited at 2006-05-17 11:57]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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I think they should rather look around for a better commercialista! May 17, 2006

Evi Zierlein wrote:

Their "commercialista" asked them for my VAT no. (which I haven't got as it is not needed for a certain level of income in the UK) or if that wasn't available to apply a "ritenuta d'acconto".




It really doesn't make any sense to apply a ritenuta d'acconto since you live outside Italy! This is easy to understand for everyone, I think:-)


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Evi Zierlein
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Thanks May 17, 2006

Thank you, Amy. I've sent them my NI no. (hadn't thought of that) and the link to the relevant website. We'll see what they come back with.

Evi


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Jean Martin  Identity Verified
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No need for NI number May 17, 2006

Evi Zierlein wrote:

Thank you, Amy. I've sent them my NI no. (hadn't thought of that) and the link to the relevant website. We'll see what they come back with.

Evi


I have been working for Italian clients for more than 25 years and I have never been asked for my NI number nor has any withholding tax ever been deducted given that I am a UK resident. I simply send an invoice for each job and it is subsequently paid into my UK bank account. I then declare all such income on my annual UK tax return.

[Edited at 2006-05-17 22:05]


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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
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re: Tax issues with Italian client May 18, 2006

Jean Martin wrote:

I have been working for Italian clients for more than 25 years and I have never been asked for my NI number nor has any withholding tax ever been deducted given that I am a UK resident. I simply send an invoice for each job and it is subsequently paid into my UK bank account. I then declare all such income on my annual UK tax return.



Yes. As Jean rightly says, you aren't under any obligation to send them your NI number - it's just something Evi could try to shake off the agency. This happened to me twice before I registered for VAT and both times I offered my NI number. It seems some (misinformed) agencies just want an official number to stick on their accounts. I can't see any harm in that, provided that you make it clear to the agency that it is not a VAT number.

[Edited at 2006-05-18 08:29]


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