Living and working in Italy means getting your unique identification number to be able to pay your taxes and receive access to a variety of services. In Italy, this number is called the Codice Fiscale and you should get one sooner rather than later.
If you’re not familiar with the Italian bureaucratic system, getting one can be quite a confusing process. No worries though, all your questions about the Codice Fiscale will be answered below!
The Italian Codice Fiscale is what’s known as a Tax Identification Number (TIN). It’s similar to the Social Security Number in the US, the NIE Number in Spain, or the BSN in the Netherlands.
Italian citizens are issued their Codice Fiscacle at birth, but as a foreigner, you’ll have to request one from the Italian government. As you might expect, every Codice Fiscale is unique and is a requirement for many of your dealings with the Italian government.
Just like every person has their own unique Tax Identification Number in Italy, so do entities like businesses and organisations. A person’s TIN is calculated based on a formula involving their personal information (more on that later). Entity numbers are different, as they are essentially random numbers issued by the Italian government.
In essence, your Italian tax ID number is the magic code that will give you access to your new life in Italy!
Most importantly, you’ll need your Codice Fiscale in order to work in Italy. Without it, it’s very difficult to pay taxes over your taxable Italian income. That said, simply having your own Italian Tax ID doesn’t mean you’re automatically subject to Italian tax duties.
In a nutshell, you only need to pay taxes if:
The Codice Fiscale is also a mandatory submission when making use of certain services. You could make it without some of these services, but some of them are pretty important for expatriates!
You need your Codice Fiscale in order to:
So, as you can see, you’ll really need to get that TIN in order to make it as an expat in Italy!
Thankfully, it’s possible to get your tax id before you arrive in the country. Let’s dive into the details of how to get your vat number for Italy sorted out as soon as possible.
The first question many people have is: can I get the Codice Fiscale Italiano online?
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to request your Codice Fiscale online. The only thing you can do online is request a replacement for your Codice Fiscale certificate, which is only available to people who already have their Codice Fiscale issued.
Instead, you’ll have to request your Italian vat number in person. The process for this depends on whether you’re already an EU citizen or not.
If you’re an EU citizen, you’re in luck! It makes the process a lot easier.
All you need to do is submit a request (in person) at any office of the Italian Revenue Agency. Make sure you bring a valid ID or passport and you should be able to pick up your Codice Fiscale certificate on the same day.
If you’re outside Italy, you should be able to submit your request at any Italian consular office or Italian Embassy in your current EU country of residence.
Non-EU citizens can obtain the tax identification number by submitting a request at:
As a non-EU citizen, you also need to submit at least one of the following documents:
In any case, you need to be able to prove you have the right to stay in Italy, even if it’s temporary.
Once you receive your Codice Fiscale card, make sure to check:
In fact, using a Codice Fiscale generator, you can predict what your Codice Fiscale will be. This is useful when making preparations before moving to Italy.
Remember that your Codice Fiscale can be calculated beforehand, but won’t be official until it’s actually issued by the Italian government. Keep in mind that the tax id is an alphanumeric construct.
If you want to calculate what your Codice Fiscale will be, you can use the following formula:
How can I check the Italian VAT code?”
If you want to verify a Codice Fiscale ID number, you can use this official website by the Italian Government (in Italian).
There it is! All you need to know about the Codice Fiscale. Make sure you get your application in on time and it’ll be smooth sailing on the administrative side of starting your new life in Italy!
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