Previously a three-year separation was required in either case and, whilst not being particularly permissive given that a separation period is still needed, this legislation will speed up the civil process and is therefore a welcome change.
The new law modifies Art. 3 of Italian Law no. 898/1970.
Whilst in an ideal world it would be nice if all families could stay together and live in harmony until death, we have to accept that going through a divorce is becoming increasingly more common in this modern era. Becoming independent again can be very stressful for most especially as it can involve organising your wealth/settlement in a new way. We help individuals to invest capital to give them piece of mind, income streams and protection levels in line with their needs and desires, whilst incorporating tax efficiency and estate planning features at the same time.
Tax planning should be a New Year priority for any British citizen who has recently become an expat.
Just last year HM Revenue & Customs increased its efforts to ensure expats met their full tax obligations and has begun to successfully use EU laws that encourage co-operation between member states. “We will not hesitate to use all legal means to collect taxes that are owed,” commented an HMRC spokesperson. Despite this tough talking, the EU this year criticised the UK for its poor record of cross-border tax collection.
It is important to remember that although the HMRC’s new stricter approach remains at an early stage, it is already paying dividends for the government, which estimates that it lost £1.7bn in tax revenue in 2016-17, compared to £4bn in 2011-12. Furthermore, 1,006 requests for tax information were made to EU authorities in 2017. This resulted in the recovery of £5 million. In comparison, similar requests in 2013 yielded just £800,000.
For many years now, people with pension pots built up through schemes in the UK – either through an employer or their own personal savings – have had the ability, once retired, to transfer them from the UK for the opportunity to gain control of their own pot and receive more favourable tax treatment.