Self-employment in Italy

Self-employment in Italy

Setting up a business in Italy

If you want to become self-employed in Italy, you should know your options before doing so and obtain legal advice as well. There is an opportunity to set up a trade as a freelancer, self-employed person or sole trader. An EU national or a permanent resident with a residence permit may become self-employed, work freelance or operate as a sole trader in the country.

Residence permit

A permit to stay does not automatically allow self-employment and it needs to be changed to the different status. Certain legal requirements must be met and registration with the appropriate organizations is essential to be self-employed in a profession or start a freelance business in Italy.

There is a list of things to do in order to become self-employed.

  • Formalities for self-employment
  1. You should be included on the Register of Enterprises maintained by local chamber of commerce.
  2. Obtain a certificate of registration.
  3. Register with the local tax office.
  4. Be registered for VAT.

Under Italian law, a self-employed person must have an official status and it’s illegal to simply hang up a sign and start trading. Members of some professions and trades must have certain qualifications and certificate recognized in Italy. If you will start work before registration then some penalties may occur which may include a large fine, confiscation of machinery or tools, deportation and even a ban from entering Italy for a number of years.

  • Registering a sole trader

A sole trader must register with the local tax office and is taxed in the same way as any other individual. The liabilities of a sole trader aren’t deemed to be separate from his personal debts and should they become insolvent they would be declared bankrupt. It is very important to obtain legal advice before becoming self-employed in Italy.

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