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The new framework for the taxation of venture capital in Italy

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  • Antonella Magliocco

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Giacomo Ricotti

    () (Bank of Italy)

Abstract

This paper examines the current tax policy on venture capital (VC) in Italy, and compares it with the tax incentives adopted by France, Germany, Spain and the UK. The authors analyze ongoing European initiatives to remove tax obstacles to VC in Europe. Focusing on the taxation of VC funds, they also assess whether the requirements for the new Italian tax incentives are consistent with the uniform regulatory standards designated by the 2011 proposal for an EU Regulation on European VC Funds. Finally, in a quantitative analysis, the tax burden on VC investments in Italy is compared with that in other European countries. The results show that the most favourable schemes are in the UK and in France; the effects of the new Italian VC tax incentives are in line with the British and the French schemes. As regards the design of tax incentives, the authors found that as the duration of investment increases, upfront incentives become less effective than capital gains exemptions.

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  • Antonella Magliocco & Giacomo Ricotti, 2013. "The new framework for the taxation of venture capital in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 167, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_167_13
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    1. Raffaello Bronzini & Guido de Blasio & Guido Pellegrini & Alessandro Scognamiglio, 2008. "The effect of investment tax credit: Evidence from an atypical programme in Italy," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 661, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. James Faulconbridge & Ewald Engelen & Michael Hoyler & Jonathan Beaverstock, 2007. "Analysing the Changing Landscape of European Financial Centres: The Role of Financial Products and the Case of Amsterdam," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(2), pages 279-303.
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    1. Paolo Finaldi Russo & Silvia Magri & Cristiana Rampazzi, 2016. "Innovative start-ups in Italy: their special features and the effects of the 2012 law," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 339, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    venture capital; taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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