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Beyond the acronyms: local property taxation in Italy


  • Giovanna Messina

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Marco Savegnago

    () (Bank of Italy)


The paper traces recent developments in local real estate taxation in Italy. We exploit a rich dataset at both aggregate and individual level to estimate the variation in local taxes on first homes in the last three years and the redistributive impact of the adoption of the tax on indivisible services in 2014. Local property taxes on first homes average one fifth lower in 2014 than in 2012; including waste disposal taxes, the overall local fiscal burden remains broadly stable. However, taxation bears more heavily on lower-income households, owing to decreased allowance for tax deductions. To conclude, the paper examines possible future local property tax reform measures (keeping total revenue constant) to enhance transparency and equity.

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  • Giovanna Messina & Marco Savegnago, 2014. "Beyond the acronyms: local property taxation in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 250, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdi:opques:qef_250_14

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    Cited by:

    1. Danilo Liberati & Michele Loberto, 2017. "Taxation and housing markets with search frictions," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1105, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Edoardo, Di Porto & Ohlsson, Henry, 2016. "Avoiding Taxes By Transfers Within The Family," Working Paper Series 2016:4, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.

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    property taxes; local taxes; redistribution;

    JEL classification:

    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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