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Italy increases VAT registration threshold to €85,000

EC paves way for increase from €65,000 to €85,000 from 1 January 2023 taking over 63,000 taxpayers out of the VAT regime

The European Commission and European Council (20 Feb 2023) have backed Italy to increase its VAT registration threshold from €65,000 to €85,000 per annum. This would be the highest in the EU.

This threshold only applies to resident businesses; foreign or non-residents must register immediately if required.

The proposal allows Italy to derogate from Article 285 of Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax, and repealing Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/647.

Learn more about Italian VAT in our country guide.

The measure has been backdated from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2024 when it would need a reevaluation.

This increase of the threshold is a simplification measure which removes many of the VAT obligations for businesses operating with an annual turnover no higher than €85 000. It will therefore have a positive impact on the reduction of administrative burden for both businesses and the tax administration without a major impact on the total VAT revenue. Because of the narrow scope of the derogation and its limited application in time, the impact of the measure will in any case be limited.

Currently, based on data available from 2020, the increase in threshold to €85 000 would benefit around 63 441 additional enterprises, leading to a decrease in VAT revenue of approximately 0.06 %.

2024 EU VAT registration & Intrastat reporting threshold

Country VAT Registration thresholds Intrastat thresholds
Resident Non-resident Arrivals Dispatches Arrivals Statistical Dispatches Statistical
EU One-Stop Shop €10,000 €10,000 EU sellers only - - - -
Austria €35,000 Nil €1,100,000 €1,100,000 €12m €12m
Belgium €25,000 Nil €1,500,000 €1,000,000 €25m €25m
Bulgaria BGN 100,000 Nil BGN 1.65m BGN 1.9m €16m €37.2m
Croatia €40,000 Nil €450,000 €300,000 €450,000 €300,000
Cyprus €15,600 Nil €320,000 €75,000 €2.7m €5.8m
Czechia CZK 2m Nil CZK 15m CZK 15m CZK 30m CZK 30m
Denmark DKK 50,000 Nil DKK 22m DKK 11m DKK 22m DKK 11m
Estonia €40,000 Nil €700,000 €350,000 €700,000 €350,000
Finland €15,000 Nil €800,000 €800,000 €800,000 €800,000
France Goods €85,800 Services €34,400 Nil Discretionary Discretionary Discretionary Discretionary
Germany €22,000 Nil €800,000 €500,000 €49m €51m
Greece Nil Nil €150,000 €90,000 €150,000 €90,000
Hungary  HUF 12m Nil HUF 270m HUF 150m HUF 5.5bn HUF 15bn
Ireland Goods €80,000 Services €40,000 Nil €500,000 €635,000 €5m €34m
Italy €85,000 Nil See country guide See country guide See country guide See country guide
Latvia €50,000 Nil €350,000 €200,000 €5m €7m
Lithuania €55,000 Nil €550,000 €400,000 €7m €10m
Luxembourg €35,000 Nil €250,000 €200,000 €4m €8m
Malta Goods €35,000 Other €30,000 Nil €700 €700 €700 €700
Netherlands €20,000 Nil Discretionary Discretionary Discretionary Discretionary
Poland PLN 200,000 Nil PLN 6.2m PLN 2.8m PLN 103m PLN 150m
Portugal Nil Nil €600,000 €600,000 €6.5m €6.5m
Romania RON 445,500 Nil RON 1m RON 1m RON 10m RON 20m
Slovakia €62,500 Nil €1m €1m €1m €1m
Slovenia €50,000 Nil €220,000 €270,000 €4m €9m
Spain Nil Nil €400,000 €400,000 €400,000 €400,000
Sweden SEK 80,000 Nil SEK 15m SEK 4.5m SEK 15m SEK 4.5m
Non-EU
Bosnia BAM 100,000 Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
Iceland ISK 2m Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
Montenegro €35,000 Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
Norway NOK 50,000 Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
Russia RUB 8m (on application) Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
Switzerland CHF 100,000 CHF 100,000 global income n/a n/a n/a n/a
Turkey Nil Nil n/a n/a n/a n/a
UK (Northern Ireland - EU Intrastat only) £90,000 (Apr 2024) Nil £500,000 £250,000 £24m £24m

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