In regards to our recent news about the VAT exemption regime applicable to vessels chartering in Italy, the Italian Revenue Office (Agenzia Delle Entrate), according to the new Italian Budget Law 2021, has finally issued and released the necessary guidelines and declaration form to fulfill and file with electronical transmission.
The assigned number and details of the protocol attesting the successful transmission to the Revenue Office digital system must be kept on file and indicated in the invoices of the suppliers.
As a consequence of this, starting from 15th August 2021, the current procedure (the paper form to send to the Supplier) to obtain the VAT exemption will no longer be valid.
Please find below (also litsted into our DOWNLOAD area”) the Protocol RU-0151377 published on 15th June 2021 by The Italian Revenue Office along with the relevant guidelines.
Before executing the electronic transmission of the declaration form to the Italian Revenue Office, the owning company will need to perform the necessary calculation to confirm the +70% of trips at the international waters (high seas) as well as it needs to always keep the related evidences and documental proofs in case of any control or official audit (contracts, copy of the logbook, AIS data or data extracted from any other electronic on-board navigation, invoices and receipts) by the Authorities.
We point out that very strict penalties and sanctions are foreseen in the event of an official audit by the Italian Tax Authorities in the case that the owning company will not be able to demonstrate what has been declared. on this end, we strongly recommend to always keep on file for a minimum of 6 years all the necessary evidences confirming what it has been declared to the tax Authority on the electronic declaration form.
Yacht Welfare is at your disposal to provide further details.
what we have informed you about this past 16th June 2020 (see here
for more info www.yachtwelfare.it/new-rules-in-italy)
the new VAT rules (VAT at 22% due on actual time spent into EU waters) have
unexpectedly been postponed to 1st November 2020.
Minister has now decided – with a huge delay – to follow in the footsteps of
the French Finance Minister and so to suspend until 31st of October the
application of the new VAT rules in order to revitalise the yachting industry, especially
after the recent situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
So let’s keep
the old rule (e.g. 6.6% flat-rate reductions on Charter Fee) with the purpose
of implementing the Charter activity for the current summer season encouraging
(is anybody feeling encouraged now?) tourists to come to Italy.
The above is
part of the last “Simplification Decree” N. 76/2020 published on the Official
Gazette (Gazzetta Ufficiale, Serie Generale N. 178 del 16/07/2020, Suppl.
Ordinario N. 24), entered into force on July 17th 2020 (in which the
word “April” – contained in subparagraph 726 of Law 27/12/2019 N. 160 – has
been replaced by the word “November”).
of yesterday, June 15th 2020, the VAT due on Italian charters
must to be calculated on the basis of the actual time spent by the charter into
the EU territorial waters.
logical consequence of this, the taxable amount will be subject to a
pro-rata reduction based on the cruising outside the European territorial
waters (international waters), according to the real time miles spent at
“high sea” (international waters), in accordance to the hereinbefore
mentioned article 59.
The new rule does not apply to any Italian charters signed before 15th June 2020 (date of release of the official Provision by the Agenzia Delle Entrate).
What do we
need to do now on?
To put it
on board need to split the Charter time into two parts:
a.total hours spent into EU Waters
(Italy, France, Spain, etc.).
b.total hours spent at the High
Sea (International Waters).
and particularly important, the following evidences/proofs must be collected,
kept on file and submitted in case of inspections by the Authorities:
1. trip route cartography.
2. data/info extracted from satellite
and/or navigation systems.
3. data/info extracted from
transponder systems (e.g. AIS system).
4. logbook (ship’s log) and/or
5. papers attesting any berth stay in
non-EU ports (e.g. berth invoices, berth contracts agreements,
arrival/departure formalities, etc.).
6. papers attesting any purchase of goods
and/or services in non-EU shops/businesses.
7. the short-term Charter Agreement and/or analogue Contracts regarding the hire of the yacht.
evidences collected must prove the maritime routes sailed by the yacht with
extreme accuracy and coherence.
evidences/proofs collected must be kept on file for a period of time according
to Art. 57, paragraphs 1 and 2, of the
Presidential Decree N. 633/1972 (therefore, until 31st Dec. of the fifth year subsequent to
the year in which the Declaration has been filed or – in the event that the
Declaration hasn’t been filed – until the 31st Dec. of the seventh
year subsequent to the year in which the Declaration should have been filed).
the procedures and reduce the burden we – at Yacht Welfare – have set up a
special form for all our Clients to summarize all the necessary data and info.
This form is called PPNRF (Passage Plan & Navigation Report Form) and it is
made in editable pdf file.
needs to be fulfilled in all its parts and sent back to us along with the
necessary pictures, mini videoclips, logs, etc. annexed.
Welfare will keep assisting you by double checking the info provided.
to our news released on 19th December 2019 (see here for more info: www.yachtwelfare.it/vatreduction) this past 25th May 2020
the Italian Revenue Office (Agenzia Delle Entrate) has finally put under Public
Consultation a draft concerning the provisions for the application of the VAT
reduction on Italian charters, according to the EU’s articles 56 and 59 of the
EU VAT Directive 2006/112/CE.
credited method to calculate the actual VAT due would seem to be a pro-rata
reduction based on the cruising outside the European territorial waters,
according to the real time or to the actual cruising miles spent at “high sea”
(international waters), in accordance to the hereinbefore mentioned article
the main focus is to find and agree the list of papers, equipment and methods
to determine the actual use of the yacht outside the EU territorial waters and
so the exact VAT due in Italy.
date, finally, the new law will come into force only from its official
means that any charter signed before the official publication of the new law
will be subject to the old legislation (e.g. 6.6% flat-rate reductions on
there’s still the chance that the Italian Minister will decide to follow in the
footsteps of the French Finance Minister and so to suspend until 2021 the
implementation of the new regulation in order to revitalise the yachting
industry, especially after the recent situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
We will let
you know about the progress of this long-awaited decisions as soon as possible.
with us in the forthcoming weeks to know and assess the developments.
Italy is sailing again! With his last DPCM (Decree of the
President of the Council of Ministers) released on May 16th 2020 the
Italian Prime Minister expressly authorised the possibility to sail in Italy within
the region of residence. This rule will last until 2nd June.
As of June
3rd 2020 the regional limit will fall and it will be possible to freely
sail around all the Italian coasts.
Also – not
less important – from this date June 3rd) the Italian Government
will reopen the borders to all EU citizens without the need to spend quarantine
This is the
clear sign that the Mediterranean summer 2020 is finally started.
sector has received the go-ahead for the measures to be taken for the
resumption of the charter activity.
measures consist in very simple procedures, most of which are now widely known
has been confirmed that a COVID-19 test will be required for the charter’s
permanent crews, who will need to deal with many different guests, especially
on large yachts.
Ministry has pointed out that in pleasure yachting the individual
responsibility is the essential element in making social distancing measures
a. interpersonal distance of at least one meter
b. avoiding close contact
c. proper sanitization of spaces
d. nose and mouth protection for passengers
make it clear that the rules published by the Ministry regard pleasure
yachting, chartering, renting as well as the management of ports and marinas.
Below you will find the key points to respect when sailing in Italian waters.
/ PLEASURE YACHTS
measure remains the “social distancing”. As you all know this means
that persons need to stay at least one metre from each other, unless they are
part of the same family or live together.
Even the relatives, if not living together, must respect the social distance of one person for each linear metre of the boat. The provision of personal protective equipment for passengers and the use of surface sanitizer are also mandatory.
/ CHARTER YACHTS
preventive rules for private vessels apply to yachts engaged in charter
activities. Only persons living in the same family are allowed to stay together
in the same cabin.
is required to sanitize all the yacht’s areas, including the engine room and
services. Owners are also obliged to provide adequate supplies of sanitizing
products as well as information signs, written in several languages, to make
the charterer and his guests aware of the necessary social and hygienic
measures to take.
specific measures must be adopted by the crew; let’s see which ones.
crews have the obligation to use masks and gloves and any other protective
equipment depending on the type of the boat and the particular circumstance, for
instance during mooring, unmooring, bunkering and towing operations.
– being called in some cases to carry out first aid actions (as in the case of
the Captain for whom the elementary first aid course and BLS is compulsory) – there
should be the obligation to undergo a preventive (before boarding the yacht)
and periodical first aid test at COVID-19, the result of which must be duly kept
each member of the crew is mandatory the measurement of the temperature on a daily
must also implement the prevention of unauthorized access to the ship to
strangers, while in port or at sea.
generally live in the same house are allowed to share accommodation in the same
Also for guests the general rules on social distancing and interpersonal prevention measures apply (i.e. one person per meter of the linear length of the boat, including crew members, unless the guests live together).
PORTS AND MARINAS
The managers of Italian marinas must provide their ports with special information signs, written both in Italian and English language, on the measures of conduct to respect, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE/DPI), the installation of sanitizing dispensers on the docks, the limitation of movements, bans on gatherings and the respect for social distancing.
AND SYSTEM RULES
mandatory to comply with the regulations for travel within the Region and
between Regions and the respect of international anti-contagion laws during
navigation outside national territorial waters.
As this is changing for the better day-by-day we strongly recommend all of you to stay tuned to our website www.yachtwelfare.it/news to know the latest updates.
For what is
concerned to the VAT due on Italian charters, UCINA (Confindustria Nautica, the
Italian Marine Industry Association) is still dealing with the Italian
Authorities to postpone the application of the new law (see here for more info www.yachtwelfare.it/somegoodnews). Everything leads to the hope that
Italy will quickly join the decision taken in France, repealing the provisions
contained in the new law and giving continuity to the old flat rate reduction
percentages scheme (i.e. taxation at 22% on 30% of the agreed Charter Fee for
yachts over 24 metres, equal to the “quick” rate of 6.6%) in order to
guaranteeing “certainty” for operators in the yachting sector,
especially now that they have just started their activity again after this
extraordinary situation and encouraging yachts to come to the Mediterranean for
the charter season.
know that the old legislation (flat-rate reductions on Charter Fee) will still be effective
in Italy until the publication by the Italian Tax Office of appropriate
provisions containing the clear list of methods and means suitable to
demonstrate the effective use of the service outside the European Union.
We have received a press release issued by the French Nautical Federation (FIN). You will find here below for your review an in-house translation.
The press release states that the French government has agreed to postpone the application of the new tax regulation related to charter hire (VAT due on the exact time of navigation in EU waters and the abolition of the 50% lump sum reduction).
This certainly would come as great news to our industry during these difficult times however we are waiting for the official confirmation to be issued from the French government in this regard.
Please find below the translated text from the FIN’s press release:
PRESS RELEASE | 25 March 2020, Paris
Applicable VAT Regime on charter hire: the Federation obtains a postponement of the new measure.
Following constructive contacts with the office of the Minister of the Economy, the FIN informs the professionals in the nautical sector of the suspension of the reform project aimed at modifying the 50% lump sum VAT reduction that applies when navigation outside the territorial waters of the European Union occurs during a charter.
“For several months now, we have been working in close coordination with the Government services on this subject. Until the Covid-19 crisis, we were moving forward on a common position with our Italian counterparts. This work will resume after the health crisis. We have pleaded with the government for the suspension of the measure that should have applied on 1 April. This is a relief today. This decision should be made official in the next few hours,” said Yves Lyon-Caen, President of the FIN
In the light of this the French Finance Minister has cancelled the implementation of the new regulation (see more here) due to the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
As the changes made to the conditions for determining the taxable base have been withdrawn, the VAT lump sum reduction (20% on 50% of the charter fee) is still applicable in the case of cruising in international waters (BOI-TVA-CHAMP-20-50-30).
For what is concerned to Italy the UCINA Confindustria Nautica is currently dealing with the Italian Authorities to do take analogous measures and therefore to postpone the application of the new rules in order to keep the old taxation law for all Charters to execute during season 2020 (taxation at 22% on 30% of the agreed Charter Fee).