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Fiscal Measures

1. Spending Measures (Budget Allocations)

2. Tax Measures (Deferral of Payroll Tax Obligations, Extensions of Tax Filing Deadlines)

DECRETO CURA ITALIA 17.3.2020 (18/2020)

  • https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2020/03/17/20G00034/sg
  • The measures distinguish between the type of entrepreneurial activity, the turnover generated in the 2019 tax year, and whether the taxpayer is located in certain hard-hit zones.
  • All taxpayers based in Italy (whether from a legal, tax, or operational standpoint) are relieved of all tax obligations for the period from 8 March to 31 May 2020. In particular, this relates to the obligation to file a value-added tax return for 2019 and INTRASTAT reports for the months of February to April 2020. The obligations must be satisfied by 30 June 2020. Taxpayers are still expressly required to remit taxes deducted at source as well as regional and municipal tax withholdings.
  • Lodging and hospitality companies, tour operators and travel agencies, and other enumerated, particularly hard-hit sectors (cinemas, theatres, trade show organisers, museums, childcare, etc.) that are based in Italy (whether from a legal, tax, or operational standpoint) have additionally been granted the following relief:
    • remittance obligations that become due in the period from 2 March to 30 April 2020 in respect of tax withholdings and social insurance contributions that are related to employment relationships are suspended;
    • remittance obligations that become due in March in respect of value-added tax (particularly annual value-added tax for 2019 and value-added tax for February 2020) are suspended.
  • The payments must be remitted by 31 May 2020, and no interest or penalties will be imposed. The taxpayers concerned have the option to settle the amount owed in five monthly instalments from May 2020.
  • Taxpayers based in Italy (whether from a legal, tax, or operational standpoint) that carry out a business, trade, or profession and had turnover in the 2019 tax year of less than 2.000.000 EUR are relieved of the following remittance obligations that become due in the period from 8 March to 31 March 2020:
    • in respect of tax withholdings and social insurance contributions that are related to employment relationships;
    • in respect of value-added tax.
  • The payments must be remitted by 31 May 2020, and no interest or penalties will be imposed. The taxpayers concerned have the option to settle the amount owed in five monthly instalments from May 2020.
  • Taxpayers based in the hard-hit regions of Bergamo, Cremona, Lodi, and Piacenza that carry out a business, trade, or profession are relieved of the obligation to remit value-added tax irrespective of the turnover generated in the 2019 tax year. The payments must be remitted by 31 May 2020, and no interest or penalties will be imposed. The taxpayers concerned have the option to settle the amount owed in five monthly instalments from May 2020.
  • All taxpayers based in the municipalities that were first affected by the coronavirus in the so-called “red zone” in Lombardy and the Veneto (Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d’Adda, Codogno, etc.) are relieved of all tax and fiscal obligations, including remittance obligations, for the period from 21 February to 31 March 2020. The payments must be remitted by 31 May 2020, and no interest or penalties will be imposed. The taxpayers concerned have the option to settle the amount owed in five monthly instalments from May 2020.
  • The foregoing measures are accompanied by the following provisions:
    • in the period from 8 March to 31 May 2020, tax investigation and enforcement measures are suspended;
    • in the period from 8 March to 31 May 2020, obligations to pay assessed taxes are suspended, with the payments to be made within one month of the end of the suspension;
    • taxpayers carrying out a business are granted a tax credit equal to 60% of the commercial rent paid for the month of March for shops and stores;
    • taxpayers carrying out a business, trade, or profession are granted a tax credit equal to 50% of the amounts spent for sanitising workspaces and work tools.

DECRETO LIQUDITÀ 9.4.2020 (23/2020)

3. Subsidies to Preserve Jobs, Employee Benefits, Food Assistance

DECRETO CURA ITALIA 17.3.2020 (18/2020)

  • https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2020/03/17/20G00034/sg
  • amendments to the Short-time Working Act (“Cassa integrazione”): simplified procedures for utilisation, expansion of the scope to all companies, maximum duration of utilization: nine weeks;
  • one-time payment of 600 EUR for self-employed individuals, freelance employees, agricultural workers, and employees working in the entertainment industry;
  • maximum 15-day leave with continued payment of 50% of salary for employees with children under the age of 12; in the alternative, families can apply for a bonus in the amount of 600 EUR for childcare services (for health care workers, the bonus amounts to 1.000 EUR);
  • limitation of the right of employers to terminate (mass dismissals and dismissals for reasons of redundancy are prohibited for 60 days).

4. Public Loan Guarantees and Expansion of Loans to Businesses

DECRETO CURA ITALIA 17.3.2020 (18/2020)

  • https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2020/03/17/20G00034/sg
  • the “Central Guarantee Fund for SMEs” (Fondo centrale di garanzia PMI) is to guarantee loans of up to 5.000.000 EUR at no charge in order to make it easier for SMEs to obtain bank loans;
  • in addition, guarantees are to be provided for the purpose of debt renegotiation in order to avoid liquidity bottlenecks; also, micro-enterprises and SMEs can apply for protection against termination of their loans and lines of credit until 30 September 2020 and for suspension of their payment obligations under loans and leases; for their part, the banks affected by this are to receive security through a special loan guarantee fund

DECRETO LIQUDITÀ 9.4.2020 (23/2020)

5. Student Loan Relief

N/A

6. Insolvency Law Relief

DECRETO LIQUDITÀ 9.4.2020 (23/2020)

  • https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2020/04/08/20G00043/sg
  • Insolvency law reform deferred until 1 September 2021
  • Insolvency applications are inadmissible in the period from 9.3. 2020 to 30.6.2020
  • All actions for bankruptcy filed between 9 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 are inadmissible.
  • Capital maintenance provisions under company law suspended
  • Shareholder loans granted in the period between 23.2.2020 and 31.12.2020 are not subordinated
  • When preparing the balance sheets as at 31.12.2020, the "going concern" can always be assumed if it was given in the last balance sheet adopted before 23.2.2020.
Monetary & Macro Financial Measures

1. Reduction of Interest Rates

N/A

2. Expansion of Central Bank’s Holdings of Government Bonds

N/A

3. Other Measures to Support Flow of Credit

N/A

4. Suspension of Foreclosures/Evictions

DECRETO CURA ITALIA 17.3.2020 (18/2020)

DECRETO LIQUDITÀ 9.4.2020 (23/2020)

5. Reductions/Suspensions of Mortgage Payments

N/A

6. Asset Purchases (Liquidity Facilities, Purchase of Private and Public Sector Securities, Acquiring Equity of Larger Affected Companies)

N/A

7. Exchange Rate Adjustments

N/A

Health Policy Responses

1. Social Distancing

2. Closure of Public Places for Gathering

3. Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

4. School Closures

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Published Date
2020-04-15