Italy

Individual - Other tax credits and incentives

Last reviewed - 08 August 2022

Tax credits

An individual who qualifies as Italian tax resident could deduct from gross income tax liability the following main tax credits, if all the conditions requested by the Italian tax law are met and if properly documented

  • Employment tax credits.
  • Family tax credits (as from March 2022 these have been replaced by the "Assegno Unico Universale")
  • Other tax credits for expenses.

Employment tax credits

Employment tax credits vary depending on the income:

  • Employment income.
  • Pension income.
  • Self-employment income.

Employment income tax credit

The employments tax credit is determined as follows:

Employment income (EUR) Tax credit amount (EUR)
Up to 15,000 1,880 (it can not be lower than EUR 690 or Eur 1.380 for fixed-term contracts)
15,001 to 28,000 EUR 1,910 + 1,190*(28,000 - gross income)/13,000
28,001 to 50,000 EUR 1.910*(50,000 - gross income)/(50,000-28,000)
Above 50,000 0

In addition to the classic system of tax deductions provided for by the Italian Tax Code, the Law no. 21/2020 and the Italian Budget Law for FY 2021, in view of a revision of the tax deductions and income support measures, introduced two further and distinct mechanisms for reducing taxes. These measures were 

a) The additional tax deduction

b) The recognition of a sum by way of additional treatment

Starting from January 1st 2022 the additional tax deduction has been abolished.

The recognition of a sum by way of additional treatment, which does not contribute to the formation of income and which therefore constitutes a net amount, equal to EUR 1,200 per year (TY 2022), in the case of incomes not exceeding EUR 15,000.

For the annual income between EUR 15,001 and 28,000 the amount of the additional treatment needs to be prorated on the basis of the Italian net income tax.

Pension income tax credit

The pension tax credit is determined as follows:

Pension (EUR) Tax credit amount (EUR)
Up to 8,500

The tax credit is equal to:

(EUR 1,880 x days)/365

The tax credit cannot be lower than EUR 713

8,501 to 28,000

The tax credit is equal to:

EUR 700 + (EUR 1,255 x ratio)

Ratio = (EUR 28,000 - gross income)/(EUR 28,000 - EUR 8,500)

28,001 to 50,000

 The tax credit is equal to:

EUR 700 x ratio

Ratio = (EUR 50,000 - gross income)/(EUR 50,000 - EUR 28,000)

Above 50,000 0

Self-employment income tax credit

The self-employments tax credit is determined as follows:

Non-employment income (EUR) Tax credit amount (EUR)
Up to 5,500 1,265
5,501 to 28,000 EUR 500 +765*(28,0000 - gross income)/(28,000 - 5,500)
28,001 to 50,000 EUR 500*(50,000 - gross income)/(50,000-28,000)
Above 50,000 0

Family tax credits

Family tax credits are granted to resident taxpayers with a dependent spouse, children, and other relatives living with the taxpayer, provided that each dependant’s annual income does not exceed EUR 2,840.51. For children under 24 years of age, the income limit to be considered has been raised to EUR 4,000 from FY 2019.

Family tax credits are rated monthly and are applied as of the month in which the conditions verify and up to the month in which conditions stop.

The family tax credit varies according to dependent spouse and family dependants.

Dependants Tax credit amount (EUR)
Dependent spouse EUR 800 is the maximum annual amount allowed, which decreases with the increase in taxable income, up to EUR 80,000.
Children below three years of age * EUR 1,220 is the maximum annual amount allowed for each child, which decreases with the increase in taxable income, up to EUR 95,000.
Children above three years of age * EUR 950 is the maximum annual amount allowed for each child, which decreases with the increase in taxable income, up to EUR 95,000.
Other dependants EUR 750 is the maximum annual amount allowed, which decreases with the increase of the taxable income, up to EUR 80,000.

* For each child with disabilities the applicable basic tax credit shall be increased by EUR 400.

For taxpayers with more than three dependant children, the applicable basic tax credit should be increased by EUR 200 for each child.

The child deduction must be imputed at 50% to both parents when none of them is considered as a dependant of the other for tax purposes; where the parents are separated or divorced, the entire deduction shall be imputed to the parent having custody of the child.

From March 1, 2022 the family tax credits for dependent children will apply only for children above 21 years age. For children below 21 years age there will not be any tax credit in the tax return but it will be possible to apply for a monthly payment from the Italian social security authorities and the amount (from € 50 to € 175 per child) will depend mainly from "Family Economical situation index" (so called ISEE).

Other tax credits

Some other expenses entitle the taxpayer to a tax credit. The tax rate is 19% of the total amount paid.

Mortgage interest credit

Tax credit is granted on interest on real estate mortgage loans issued from banks of the European Union, financial institutions, or other EU entities if they refer to the ‘habitual abode’ in Italy. Other requirements (e.g. year when the contract was signed) must be satisfied to be eligible.

The tax credit is equal to 19% of the mortgage interests paid. The maximum amount to which the tax credit is calculated is EUR 4,000.

Medical expenses credit

The tax credit is equal to 19% of the medical expenses paid for the amount exceeding EUR 129.11 if duly supported by receipts.

Education expenses credit

University expenses are deductible up to an amount equal to the cost charged by public educational institutions fixed by the education authority each year.

For nursery, elementary, secondary, and high school, the total maximum educational expense on which will be calculated the 19% rate is EUR 800 per annum per child.

School fees for registration of children up to three years old are deductible on the above percentage of the maximum amount of expenses of EUR 632.

Life and accident insurance credit

Life and accident insurance is deductible, only if related to the case of death, invalidity, or non-self-sufficiency, for the maximum amount of EUR 530.

Sporting association’s fees credit

Sporting association’s fees for children between five and 18 years old are deductible on the above percentage of the maximum amount of expenses of EUR 210.

Rental fees credit

A fixed amount tax credit, depending on the total income of the taxpayer, for annual rental fees paid for the principal abode is available under certain conditions (this tax credit can be used just for incomes under EUR 30,987.41).