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  • Scambio in Italy - More than an Exchange

    Published November 3rd, 2015 by John Henderson
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    Scambio is Italian for “exchange.” I meet an Italian who wants to learn English. We talk Italian for an hour and then English for an hour and correct each other along the way. However, one of my first language lessons in Rome was how to ask for said language lesson. Technically, scambio in Italian vernacular usually refers to a sexual swap. I tried calling it a scambio di lingua but while lingua means “language,” it also means “tongue.” That became problematic — and a bit dangerous — when asking women.

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  • Falling Back

    Published October 22nd, 2015 by Susie White
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    Remember that this Sunday, October 25th, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time in Europe, so set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

    As usual, the US will ‘fall back’ one week later.

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  • Tax matters for American Expats in Italy

    Published September 29th, 2015 by Hugo Lesser
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    It’s hard not to fall in love with the delights of Italy, cultural, gastronomical, and architectural, the people, the countryside, the language… The whole package is an irresistibly heady offer, and it’s easy to see why expats flock to the land of Venice, Verdi, and vermicelli.

    Before you swoon with the sensual overload of your new Italian idyll though, it may be worth sparing a thought for the rather less exciting, though arguably more important issue, of… taxes!

    As an American living abroad, you are still liable to file a US tax return, and there are further, extra requirements placed on expats compared to Americans living in the States.

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  • Where will you be September 18-20? Join us as #RomaRifiorisce with La Conserva della Neve!

    Published September 9th, 2015 by Jonathon Dominic Spada
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    Join us September 18-19-20 for the XIII Edition of La Conserva della Neve, the prestigious Flower and Plant Show & Expo held in the beautiful Villa Borghese – Parco dei Daini. Each day is full of exciting performances and presentations in addition to over 100 selected exhibitors from all over Italy and Europe who’ve come to Rome to show and sell their exceptional plants and products. Whether your an industry professional, a passionate gardener, or looking for something fun and informative to do with the kids, La Conserva della Neve has something for everyone! Tickets are €6/person, children under 12 are free; parking is available at the Villa Borghese garage with complimentary electric car service from the car park to the expo entrance.

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  • What is Ferragosto?

    Published August 15th, 2015 by Susie White
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    August 15th, The Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

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  • Moving to another EU country from the UK

    Published June 24th, 2015 by PSS International Removals
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    The expansion of the European Union over the last ten or 15 years has brought with it a significant shift in European attitudes towards emigration from the UK.
    Whereas most immigration in continental Europe has traditionally been focussed on lifestyle-rich countries like Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, the expansion of the EU has meant that many UK citizens interested in emigrating within the European Union as opposed to long-haul, especially those born in other EU countries, have moved where they can find employment.

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  • Municipal taxes concerning Italian properties

    Published June 23rd, 2015 by detulliolaw
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    Starting from year 2014, the new Municipal tax is called IUC (Single Municipal tax).
    It consists of three separate taxes, more specifically:

    - IMU: tax on possession of real estate assets. This does not apply anymore to properties where the owner sets his main residence.
    - TASI: is the tax financing the services provided by local administrations (such us public lighting, maintenance of roads etc). It is connected with possession, under any legal title, of Italian properties.
    - TARI: is the tax concerning waste management; This is due by any individual occupying or simply using a property which could potentially produce wastes.

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  • Calling Abroad

    Published June 12th, 2015 by Susie White
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    No matter where you are, if you need to call a foreign country, it’s pretty easy to understand you’ll need to add a country code. But if your mobile plan or landline contract limits the type of calls included, you might need to know which numbers are landlines and which are cellphones, otherwise you could find yourself a horrendous bill at the end of the month, or with no credit on your mobile phone.

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  • How to ensure your move goes smoothly

    Published May 13th, 2015 by PSS International Removals
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    Recent reports suggest that there are over 3.4 million British people living abroad, which is 7% of the overall British population. One of the major reasons for this is the weather. Roughly 1000 people leave the UK every day in search of sunnier climes and a higher standard of living. Of these 1000 people, over 40% are usually British citizens and most choose to relocate to either Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the US or UAE.
    Although the UK has some beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines throughout the country, the weather defines how often we get to enjoy the outdoors. Even during the summer, there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to visit our favourite beach due to either wind or rain often destroying our best-laid plans.

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  • Money saving tips for your new country

    Published April 24th, 2015 by PSS International Removals
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    Need a change? A growing number of British citizens are looking outside of the UK for career and growth opportunities as well as somewhere to retire.

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