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Tax Refund for Visitors to Italy

The Value Added Tax (Imposta sul Valore Aggiunto or IVA) is an indirect tax which, normally, is included into the price of most goods and services.

According to the Italian law, based on the Community provisions, EU non-resident travellers may be granted VAT refund for goods intended for personal or familiar use purchased in Italy.

This relief - not covering the services supplied, for example, by hotels, restaurants, taxis, agencies etc.) - is surely an advantage for the foreign travellers: in fact they can save from a minimum of 4% up to a maximum 20% of the selling price of the goods purchased.

However, the EU non-resident traveller can make use of this benefit provided that he meets all the requirements set forth by the Italian legislation.

Detailed information on the VAT Refund can be found, in English, on the website of the Italian Customs office (In English and Italian only) ("Agenzia delle Dogane").


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