Effective since 1 of January 2015.

Digital business in Italy is regulated by DECRETO LEGISLATIVO 31 marzo 2015, n. 42  implementing the Directive 2000/31/EC on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular, electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (Electronic Commerce Directive).

VAT Standard rate

VAT Reduced rate
4% eBooks

VAT calculation peculiarity
VAT= Total revenue * 22/122

Tax threshold is €0 for digital services.

Pieces of evidence
To identify customer location merchant has to collect at least two items on non-contradictory evidence. And if two of them are in Italy, the customer may be determined as Italian:

  • customer’s permanent address
  • billing address (bank or electronic payment operator)
  • IP address
  • telephone number
  • the location of the customer’s fixed land line through which the service is supplied to him
  • other commercially relevant information

E-services list
A digital product is any product that’s stored, delivered, and used in an electronic format. These are goods or services that the customer receives via email, by downloading them from the Internet, or through logging into a website, in particular:

  • eBooks, images, movies, and videos, whether buying a copy from Shopify or using a service like Netflix. In tax language, these products are in a category usually called, «Audio, visual, or audio-visual products»
  • downloadable and streaming music, whether buying an MP3 or using a service like SoundCloud or Spotify. Of course, these products also fall into the audio category
  • cloud-based software and as-a-Service products, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • websites, site hosting services, and internet service providers
  • online ads and affiliate marketing

Registration procedure
A non-European taxable person that choose to identify in Italy requires the registration filling out the online form available on the Agenzia delle Entrate website, on the free access area.
With the credential, it can fill out the online format at the link «Registration».

Via the portal e-merchant need to provide the following data:

  • a company name
  • the Country where the taxable person’s company is headquartered
  • full address of the company
  • electronic addresses: e-mail addresses and websites
  • tax Identification Number is given by the Country of residence or domicile if any
  • adeclaration stating he/she/it has not been already identified for VAT purposes in the EU
  • bank details
  • scheme starting date if prior to the registration date;
  • reference name: name, surname, e-mail address and phone number of the individual
  • Italian Revenue Agency may refer to request information or send communications

There is no obligation to appoint a tax representative in Italy if a company provides only digital services.

Keeping records
E-merchant needs to store all VAT relevant information for ten years. A company must keep them in files in case any authority wants to verify it`s tax history.

VAT payment date
The payment has to be done within 20 days of the end of the period is referred to, namely:

  • 20th of April for the first quarter of the year
  • 20th of July for the second quarter of the year
  • 20th of October for the third quarter of the year
  • 20th of January for the fourth quarter of the year

Filing VAT returns
Italian VAT return is due quarterly. Businesses registered for the Moss in Italy have to submit the Vat Moss quarterly return electronically. At the end of each quarter, there are 20 days to file and pay whatever company owe.

The deadlines for the returns are:

  • 20 April - for the first quarter ending 31 March
  • 20 July - for second quarter ending 30 June
  • 20 October - for the third quarter ending 30 September
  • 20 January - for the fourth quarter ending 31 December

There is no deadline change for the submission of the return if this date falls on the weekend or on a public holiday. The company which didn’t carry out any supply in Italy or in the EU during a quarter still have to submit a «nil return».