Special tax regime for employees that work from Italy for foreign companies

inpatriate tax benefit for remote work
With the reply to the ruling n.223 from 2022, the Revenue Agency allows the workers that come to Italy for their own will to benefit from the special tax regime known as regime impatriati.

Through this recent reply, people that freely choose to work in Italy while also doing occasional work in a foreign country are also eligible for the optional tax regime. This specific ruling concerns a returning psychiatrist working for an American clinic specializing in telepsychiatry, who also offers his service as an independent psychiatrist on American soil for a period of time shorter than 15 days per year, in order not to lose his status as an american hospital doctor.

Table of contents

  1. Special regime for returning workers
  2. Taxation of casual work
  3. What if the employer changes?
  4. Regulatory Framework
  5. How we can help you
  6. Book a call
  7. Request a quotation


1. Special regime for returning workers

The paragraph 7.5 from the circular n 33/E issued on december 28th 2020 specifies that the article that disciplines this special regime does not state that the tax payer must be working for an Italian company in order for the worker to benefit from the optional regime (article n.16 from the legislative decree n 145 issued in 2015, modified by the article 5 from the law n.34 issued in 2019).

The same circular is very important because it also abolishes the rule according to which the tax payer can only benefit from the regime if they do not exceed the 3 months limit between the relocation and the initiation of the new activity.

2. Taxation of casual work done abroad

As far as the revenues from the occasional work done in the United States are concerned, they are subjected to the Italian tax regime in case the tax payer does not have a permanent residence there. This means  that the Revenue Agency does not owe the worker any credit to prevent double taxation, as it is stated in the article n.23 from the constitution, since his entire income is taxed in Italy.

3. What if the employer changes?

According to article 16 of the legislative decree n.145, the special regime is applicable only if the tax payer resides in Italy for at least 2 years. This means that even if the contract with the first company is terminated before the 2 years period, the subject is still able to benefit from the regime if they do not move their residence out of the country.

How we can help you apply for the fiscal benefit:

If you are willing to relocate or have just moved to Italy, then you should probably know that foreign workers might have access to large exemptions on income compensation.

This includes income generated in the form of employment, self-employment or business activity for a period ranging from 5 to 10 years.

Our International Tax Specialists offer full support in the application of the impatriate tax regime and counseling for audits from the Revenue Agency. The entire process can be managed completely online, via email and conference meetings.

Am I eligible for the inpatriates tax regime?

It is advisable to check before you move to Italy whether or not you can benefit from the special tax regime.

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