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Italy promises increased VAT refunds

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  • 26 March 2013 | Richard Asquith

Italy promises increased VAT refunds

The Italian tax agency has committed a further €1 billion Italian Value Added Tax refunds. Italy has a reputation for being slow to repatriate VAT refunds and credits due to both resident and non-resident VAT businesses.

The new amounts will effectively double the amount allocated for refund in the first quarter of 2013.

Many businesses wait months and years for refunds on their Italian VAT returns. These ‘credits’ can arise from supplying zero-rated goods, but which has incurred purchase VAT. It is a particular problem for non-resident companies providing intra-community supplies from Italy, and which suffer large input VAT bills. The Italian tax authorities will often delay such refunds for many years.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.