IMU: Property Tax in Italy

Understanding IMU: The only Property Tax in Italy

Italy’s property tax, known as Imposta Municipale Unica (IMU), is a crucial aspect for homeowners, including both residents and non-residents. This tax applies to various types of properties and has specific guidelines regarding who pays, how much is paid, and the payment process.

What is IMU?

IMU is a municipal tax levied on the ownership of real estate properties in Italy, excluding primary residences unless they are classified as luxury homes. It was introduced to consolidate several existing property taxes and simplify the taxation process.

Who Has to Pay?

IMU is mandatory for:

  • Owners of secondary homes (second homes).
  • Owners of primary luxury homes (classified under categories A1, A8, and A9).
  • Owners of commercial properties.
  • Landowners, including those owning agricultural land, with some exemptions for small independent farmers and professional agricultural entrepreneurs.

How Much Do I Have to Pay?

The IMU amount is calculated based on the cadastral income (rendita catastale) of the property – NOT on the commercial price of the property – which is increased by 5% for residential properties and 25% for agricultural land. The resulting amount is then multiplied by specific coefficients depending on the property type:

  • Residential properties (A1-A11): 160
  • Storage units and attics (C2): 80
  • Garages (C6): 65
  • Canopies (C7): 55
  • Offices (A10): 135
  • Industrial buildings and hotels (D1-D4, D6-D10): 60
  • Stores (C1): 55

The standard IMU rate is 0.76%, but municipalities can adjust this rate between 0.46% and 1.06%.

Example Calculation

If the cadastral income (rendita catastale) of a secondary home is €1,000:

  1. Increase by 5%: €1,000 * 1.05 = €1,050
  2. Apply the residential property coefficient: €1,050 * 160 = €168,000
  3. Calculate IMU at standard rate: €168,000 * 0.0076 = €1,276.80 annually

When Do I Have to Pay?

IMU payments are due twice a year:

  • First installment: June 17, 2024
  • Second installment: December 16, 2024

Where to Pay

IMU can be paid through several methods:

  • Italian Bank: Use the F24 form, which can be downloaded from various online resources.
  • Comune Tax Office: Some municipalities provide payment slip from the Ufficio Tributi division and pay at the post office via credit card or cash.
  • Comune’s Website: Some municipalities provide direct bank information for IMU payments on their websites.
  • Professional Services: Accountants, geometra, lawyers, or property management services in Italy can assist with the payment process.

Here is a table summarizing the key aspects of IMU:

Property TypeCoefficientStandard IMU RatePossible Adjustment
Residential (A1-A11)1600.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Storage units and attics (C2)800.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Garages (C6)650.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Canopies (C7)550.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Offices (A10)1350.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Industrial buildings (D1-D4)600.76%0.46% – 1.06%
Stores (C1)550.76%0.46% – 1.06%


IMU is a significant consideration for property owners in Italy, requiring an understanding of the tax rates, calculation methods, and payment schedules. By staying informed and utilizing the available resources, homeowners can effectively manage their Property Tax obligations.

For comprehensive information about purchasing property in Italy, including essential tips and guidelines, visit our Buying Guide.

For any further queries or detailed assistance regarding IMU or other property-related matters in the Liguria region, feel free to reach out to our experts at LiguriaHomes Casamare.

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