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Italy’s Patent Box Regime Should Escape Criticism Because of Alignment With OECD Nexus Approach

Autori: Piergiorgio Valente, Davide Bergami e Sophie Harding

Italy has introduced a patent box regime based on the OECD’s nexus approach, which will grant exemptions for profits derived from certain intangible assets for corporate and regional tax purposes. Italy’s alignment with the OECD should keep the usual patent box-related criticism at bay. The patent box regime was enacted with the passing of the 2015 Finance Act and came into force on January 1 2015. The regime allows taxpayers to exclude a percentage of the income generated from relevant intellectual property (IP) from its tax base.