Originally Posted by HBird
I have contact the Italian Embassy to ask about long term visas and they replied that they can only be given in case of work or study.
Then if you ask for residency, and you are retired (not earning money
working) what happens with the VAT of the boat. If you have a non VAT paid boat then will you be subject to pay the VAT?
I am no Italian tax expert
.........but as my starting position, if I became a resident in Italy
(or any other country) then I would assume that I would be subject to the same laws and taxes
(including VAT and also that most countries tax you on worldwide income
, whether remitted or not) as everyone else who lives there (locally born or not).......unless someone had proven
to me otherwise (I would have my own cash bet on the outcome!) - and to start down that road will need a tax advisor.
basically the position for any country is that there comes a point when you are no longer a guest......at which point you become a full contributor ($$$) and don't get to choose yerself how much (little!) you put into the pot - you simply get to decide whether to or not (by becoming a resident or not).
In response to the later post, I doubt any Embassy (for any country) would be able to give tax advice!