Italy Steps Closer To “Web Tax”

November 28, 2017 Taxation in Italy

italy taxROME – Italy looks set to be a leader in the world by implementing one of the first digital sales taxes.

Over the weekend the Senate of Italy approved the implementation of a new tax on digital sales.

The tax is designed to expand the tax net to include multinational internet businesses which sell goods and services to Italians, but do not pay any local taxes by virtue of being registered in a different jurisdiction.

The new tax will require the online businesses to withhold a tax of 6 percent at the time of the sale, passing the revenues to the tax authorities.

The tax is expected to come into effect in January 2019, and will raise approximately EUR 114 million per year in extra tax revenues.

The exact mechanics of the tax have not yet been confirmed, but the government is expected to release details on what services will fall under the scope of the tax by April 2018.