On February 23, 2017 the Italian Government approved the final draft of the legislative decree (the "Decree") that is going to implement the provisions of the Directive (EU) 2015/49 of May 20, 2015 (the so called "IV Anti Money Laundering Directive"). The decree was sent to the Parliament for its review and with the consent of the Parliament

Italy operates specific provisions on tax treatment of trusts. Trusts formed under foreign law are recognized and enforced in Italy pursuant to the Hague Convention on Trusts dated July 1, 1985. To the extent they have Italian assets, or Italian grantor, trustees or beneficiaries or Italian source income, foreign trusts may be subject to Italy’s

Italy’s Tax Administration provided additional clarifications on Italian taxation of trusts. In particular, Circular n. 61/E issued on December 27, 2010 addresses the situations in which a trust is disregarded as abusive or fictitious interposition between the settlor and the assets and income of the trust and must be disregarded for tax purposes. Circular 61/E expanded the list of examples of abusive situations and shows the administration’s willingness to contrast the use of trusts for tax avoidance purposes.
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EU Council of Finance Ministers approved new draft legislation reinforcing exchange of tax information for contrasting tax evasion throughout the EU. The directive shall eliminate the banking secret and ultimately starting from 2015 the exchange of information will be automatic in several areas of tax law which fall within the scope of the directive.
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Italian Supreme Court in judgment n. 8487 of April 8, 2009 placed upon taxpayers the burden to prove the existence of valid economic reasons to avoid the application of anti abuse provision and denial of tax benefits in tax avoidance transactions. The decision contradicts a previous ruling, n. 1465 issued on January 21, 2009 in which the burden of proof was placed upon the tax administration.
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