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Post by klaustepper » Fri 2. Mar 2012, 08:28

Italian 'luxury' tax misses its target
Italy is awaiting news from the Italian government on the “luxury tax” which is hitting general aviation aircraft after managing finally to hold talks with a senior minister.
The tax is particularly ruinous for Italy because it applies to any private aircraft which spends more than 48 hours in the country, whatever its nationality. This is leading owners across Europe to avoid Italy for fear of being landed with a bill of thousands of euros. The tariff can reach €300,000 for larger business jets.
Massimo Levy of AOPA Italy reports that representatives met last week with the Minister of Economic Development, who was the first high-level official who was prepared to listen to what they had to say.
“He was surprised, not to say astonished, by the number of errors in the law,” Massimo says. “He was not aware that the real objects of the tax, the luxury business jets, are almost completely exempted. In Italy there are only six Citations owned by private organisations and thus liable for the tax. All the others are ‘public transport’ and therefore exempt. He has promised to speak to the Government to see if something can be done. Time is getting very short because payment for an aircraft which held a valid ARC on december 6th is due on March 5th.”
As the tax conditions remain largely unclear, AOPA Italy has submitted to the tax office a formal demand for clarification on many points. The tax office has 180 days to answer, but if they do not answer, Italian law states that answers suggested in the demand may be considered as 'accepted'.
An example of how, when and if the tax will have to be paid will soon be posted on the AOPA Italy website, with an English translation.

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Ciao Italia !

Post by wilhelmschroeer » Sun 22. Jan 2012, 17:16

Ciao Italia ! (English information below)

schönes, armes Italien !

Die Spatzen pfeifen es vom Dach – Italien erhebt eine Luxussteuer auf die Flugzeuge der Allgemeinen Luftfahrt –
auch für ausländische Flugzeuge, Boote und Luxuskarossen !

Die gegenständliche Steuer findet auch Anwendung auf nicht in der italienischen Luftfahrzeugrolle eingetragene Luftfahrzeuge, insofern deren Aufenthalt auf italienischem Boden sich über mehr als 48 Stunden erstreckt.

Es ist kein Druckfehler – völlig unverständlich ist die Luxussteuer auch für unsere Luftfahrzeuge und die Verweildauer von nur 48 Stunden.

Für Motorflugzeuge mit einer maximalen Abflugmasse bis 2000 kg beträgt die Steuer 2,50 Euro pro Kilogramm.

Das macht bei unserer Malibu mit einem MTOW von 1.945 kg mal eben 4.862,50 EURO.

Der Vorstand der Malibu Mirage Interessengemeinschaft MMIG46 ist glücklich, schon viele schöne Fly-In`s in den vergangenen Jahren in Italien ausgerichtet zu haben:

2011 Juni: Siena / Toskana
2011 Mai: Sardinien, Sicherheitsseminar
2009 Mai: Elba
2008 Juni: Iseo-See
2007 Mai: Amalfi-Küste
2004 Mai: Siena / Toskana
2003 Juni: Elba

Und oft wurden wir gefragt: Warum wieder Italien?
Als wenn wir es geahnt hätten – denn jetzt heißt es:

Ciao Italia !

Italy takes aim at its foot with new aviation 'luxury' tax

Italy has introduced a new 'luxury tax' on private aircraft which will have a serious impact on the aviation industry and is likely to cost the country more than it brings in revenue. The new tax will be levied on a sliding scale from €1.5 per kilogram per year for aircraft under 1,000 kg to €7.55 per kg for aircraft over 10,000 kg, with helicopters paying double. While the tax will further depress aircraft ownership in Italy, it could affect every pilot in Europe because it applies to any private aircraft, of any nationality, which remains on Italian territory for 48 hours or more. Not only does that make visiting Italy expensive, but even passing through the country becomes risky. A weather delay, a mechanical problem, or industrial action by ATC could land the transiting pilot with a tax bill running into thousands of euros.
Massimo Levy of AOPA Italy says: "It looks like they really want to put an end GA in this country. Can you imagine an English tourist with a private plane being obliged to pay €3,500 'luxury tax' at the end of his long weekend in Italy? Or the American businessman arriving with his Citation remaining for more than two days?
"What will happen now to Italian GA? I have no idea. It looks like we really might have reached the end of the road."
AOPA Italy has spoken with a number of politicians making it clear that while aircraft owners should contribute at what is seen to be a time of national emergency, the levels of tax were so excessive that they would cripple the industry and therefore produce less revenue than they would if they were set at more sensible levels. Political promises of alleviation have come to nothing.
The new taxes, imposed under a decree named 'Save Italy' which also raises the pension age by five years, hit almost everything but are particularly heavy on items such as cars over 250 hp, boats more than 10 metres long, and all aircraft. While boats and cars enjoy a discount on the basis of the age – after 20 years a boat pays only 50% of the tax and a car does not pay at all – aircraft pay the full amount indefinitely.
Airlines, charter and aerial work operators are exempt from the tax, as are government, police and military aircraft. Others must pay annually:
Up to 1,000 kg MTOW €1.50 per kg
Up to 2,000 kg MTOW €2.50 per kg
Up to 4,000 kg MTOW €4.25 per kg
Up to 6,000 kg MTOW €5.75 per kg
Up to 8,000 kg MTOW €6.65 per kg
Up to 10,000 kg MTOW €7.10 per kg
Over 10,000 kg MTOW €7.55 per kg
Helicopters must conform to this weight scale but pay double the amounts. Gliders, motorgliders, gyroplanes and balloons will pay a fixed €450 per year.
The application of these tax rates to foreign aircraft will discourage aerial tourism, but Massimo Levy wonders whether anyone will really notice. "Italy already extends poor hospitality to foreign GA airplanes, with all its airspace and airport regulations and charges," he says, "so possibly no-one will notice that the trade has all gone, unless something happens like a foreigner refusing to pay and the authorities impounding an aircraft. Something like this would make a lot of bad publicity to the country.
"Perhaps AOPA members will consider writing to the Italian embassy in their respective countries pointing out that Italy will lose more than it gains by this."

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