Assessing the Tax Treatment of Employees Working in Italy during the Pandemic

In a response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have enacted unprecedented measures. As such, these measures may have an overwhelming impact on the tax residence of individuals and on the tax treatment applicable to income from employment.
On July 7 2021, the Italian tax authorities issued Ruling No. 458/2021 which deals with the tax treatment of workers that temporarily returned to Italy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and could not leave the country due to the travel restrictions enforced by China.
In the ruling, the Italian tax authorities were presented with a case involving a series of employees that were hired by the Italian parent company and seconded to the Chinese subsidiaries. Such employees moved to Italy in January 2020, as the pandemic broke out in China, and returned to China in July of the same year.

Published in: ITR (International Tax Review) – 27 July 2021


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