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“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

“Golden visas” and the Dolce Vita

After the “Brexit” proceedings have ended (hopefully not before 2018-2019), many UK citizens living or working in Italy may no longer meet the current visa requirements for non-EU citizens. Even though the European Union is likely to change the immigration requirements in this regard, it is interesting, in light of this new scenario, to analyze […]Read More

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 1 of 3)

When thinking about and planning to move to a new country, the number of logistical preparations to take care of can seem endless.  Especially if you are moving not just by yourself, but with a partner and children in tow.  Sorting out housing, schools, cars, documents – documents! – and much more, add up to […]Read More

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

Intercultural Relationships: When They Don’t Work Out

You fell madly in love with an Italian man, someone who wasn’t like anyone else you had ever met. You quickly realized you could see yourself with this person in a permanent way. You decided you were willing – happy – to leave your own life behind and move across the world to be with […]Read More

Buying an Italian Property at Auction: Pros and Cons

Buying an Italian Property at Auction: Pros and Cons

Property auctions are not such a common occurrence in Italy and are mostly the result of court or bankruptcy proceedings. As such, they can provide endless investment opportunities, especially in a more difficult economic climate like the present one. Competition among buyers is not normally high and it is one area where the offer generally […]Read More

International Baccalaureate, a Growing Trend in International Education

International Baccalaureate, a Growing Trend in International Education

Where as for most Italian families the topic of what educational system is often not an issue as the Italian school curriculum is set by the Ministry of Education and applies both to public and private schools, this is not the case for international families and expats. Though over the years we have seen an […]Read More

Italian property purchase: what is it really going to cost?

Italian property purchase: what is it really going to cost?

Aside from the purchase price, what other costs need to be factored in, when evaluating the purchase of a property in Italy?  There is no straightforward answer to this as it depends on many variables, e.g., is the buyer eligible for first-home tax benefits? Is the seller a private individual, company or a developer? The […]Read More

Top Tax Tips for Expats in Italy

Top Tax Tips for Expats in Italy

Here are my top tax tips for living or moving to Italy. Beware of the DIY approach. Always discuss your tax situation with an experienced 
and knowledgeable commercialista and financial planner Taxes in Italy are not that much different to other countries around Europe and you might be surprised at just how little you have […]Read More

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

Applying for Italian Citizenship (with few tears)

You’ve been an expat in Italy for long enough to ponder if you should apply for Italian citizenship – but you might not be so sure about the process. Inspired by the imminent Brexit referendum, the Scottish association Casa Scozia recently held a seminar on Italian citizenship for Brits and other English speakers in the […]Read More

Buying property in Italy? Here’s what awaits you.

You are ready to buy a property in Italy? Here is a step by step overview of what’s ahead as you make your purchase. As recently outlined in Helpful tips on buying a property in Italy, buyers are currently spoilt for choice and prices are also relatively stable. In this favourable climate, be sure not to […]Read More

Save thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes

Save thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes

Introduction to the Foreign Housing Exclusion There may be a deduction you haven’t heard of that can save you thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes. There are quite a few critical tax breaks which assist US Expats in reducing or completely eliminating their US income tax liability.  There is one exclusion that doesn’t […]Read More

Investing in Italy – bail-ins and bail-outs, what does this really mean?

Investing in Italy – bail-ins and bail-outs, what does this really mean?

I recently saw an article on Bloomberg, which gave me some cause for concern since I know that some people have invested in, or more likely were to invest in, the Bonds of banks in Italy as an alternative to cash. However, this may no longer be such a wise choice and to find out […]Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 3) Your bundle of joy is here! Labor and delivery are behind you, and now begins Life With Baby. What do you need to know? First, let’s talk about a few tips for staying sane. Remember that the first three months are, in many ways, the hardest. As exhausted, overwhelmed, teary and […]Read More

Helpful tips on buying a property in Italy

Helpful tips on buying a property in Italy

Buying a property in Italy can unfortunately be a nerve-wracking process and there are plenty of potential pitfalls. What starts out as an exciting adventure can quite easily turn into an unpleasant and costly experience. This is however no reason to be put off. Just be sure to do your research and to seek the […]Read More

U.S. Income Tax Return Preparation

U.S. Income Tax Return Preparation

U.S. Income Tax Return Preparation and Advice for American Citizen Living in Italy Personal Income Tax Resident individuals are subject to a personal income tax, named IRPEF, on their worldwide income. Individuals carrying on a business or profession and/or partnerships are liable to IRAP which is not deductible from IRPEF. Non-resident individuals are subject to […]Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 3) You now have your tessera sanitaria in hand and you’re familiar with the various options for giving birth in your adopted city. What’s next? The OB/GYN First, it’s important to remember that in a “normal” delivery, i.e., a vaginal birth without complications, the OB/GYN is going to spend precious little time participating in […]Read More

Exposing Seven Myths about the Rules of US Expat Taxes

Exposing Seven Myths about the Rules of US Expat Taxes

If you are a US expat, there are a few myths surrounding US expat taxes about which you should be aware. As a US Expat, you probably receive a lot of conflicting information. There are some common myths when it comes to US expat tax laws. Here, we will expose these myths and let you […]Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 3) You’re having a baby! Few discoveries are as momentous, as joyful and as terrifying as the news that from this day forward, you will forever be responsible for a life aside from your own. That bringing this life into the world and helping to shape the person your baby will become […]Read More

The ‘Gender Gap’

The ‘Gender Gap’

The Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum in 2015 shows that, while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain. The issues highlighted in the Gender Gap report are on the agenda of the EU and the W20 : they include, for example, whether women are ready to take on […]Read More

One card to visit 80 museums!

One card to visit 80 museums!

Before the beginning of Expo Milan 2015, the regions of Piemonte and Lombardy have decided to collaborate by promoting the culture and the tourism of our country thanks to one card! The goal is to realize also in Lombarduy the Museum Subscription, that in Piemonte counts more than 100,000 subscribers and it involves more than […]Read More

Dressing for the Occasion – The Workplace

Dressing for the Occasion – The Workplace

What should I wear? This is always a dreaded question, especially if you recently arrived to Italy for work. Don’t waste time staring at your closet; here are a few pointers to get you on the right track… Italian women (and men) tend to have an innate sense of fashion so don’t get discouraged if […]Read More

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