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A VAT Refund Guide to 

Italy

How to get VAT Refunds from Italy for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of Italy can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in Italy.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, Italy VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.

Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Italy under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from Italy under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with Italy?

All EU countries, Israel, Norway and Switzerland

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in Italy?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

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Hotels & Accommodation

10%
Only in certain circumstances
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Restaurants

22%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

22%

Training Courses & Seminars

22%

GENERAL EXPENSES

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Goods

22%

Inter-company charges

22%

Office Expenses

22%
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Marketing Costs

22%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

22%

TRAVEL RELATED

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Car Rental

22%
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Fuel

0%
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Public Transport

0%
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Taxis

0%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from Italy?
January to December of the previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in Italy?
30 September of the year following the claim year date
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from Italy?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 4 months for EU businesses and up to 12 months for Non-EU businesses to receive a VAT refund from Italy

Need help with your VAT refund from Italy?

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