Well for sailing boats it will effect us as follows, courtosy of the British Cruising Association:
"The newly appointed Italian government
has presented parliament with
a set of austerity measures to save the Italian economy. As it stands,
boat owners / users (including foreign visiting yachts) will be
subjected to a daily tax for the duration of their stay within italian
waters. This will come into effect on the 1st May 2012 and the
proposed tax per day is as follows:
a) euro 5 - from 10,01m to 12m;
b) euro 8 - 12,01m to 14m;
c) euro 10 - 14,01m to 17m;
d) euro 30 - 17,01m to 24m;
e) euro 90 - 24,01 to 34m;
f) euro 207 - 34,01m to 44m;
g) euro 372 - 44,01m to 54m;
h) euro 521 - 54,01m to 64m;
I) euro 703 - above 64m.
The above measurements are intended as overall length in accordance
with EN/ISO/DIS 8666 Small Craft Principal Data.
The above daily tax rates will be reduced by 50% for all sailing
yachts with an auxiliary engine
. It is however still unclear whether
this reduction will be restricted to sailing yachts between 10 and 12m
or whether the 50% reduction will apply to any sailing yacht of any
Further reductions of the above rates will be applied to all yachts in
accordance with the age of the yacht calculated with effect from the
1st january subsequent to the year of manufacture. The reductions are
- 5 years and over - 15%;
- 10 years and over - 30%;
- 15 years and over - 40%.
All yachts undergoing yard maintenance
will not be liable to pay tax
for the duration of works.
The penalty for late, partial or non payment of the tax will be a
charge between 200 and 300 % over and above the amount of tax evaded."
Latest news received indicates the age reduction has been scrapped.
I think this is a stupid and outrageous tax with which the Italians will shoot themselves in their feet! Anyother attempt to ruin their boating
I for myself will happily boycott them and sail straight to / from Malta