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The first step for a presence in Italy could be a Representative Office.

The Representative Office is the easiest way to establish a real presence in Italy for foreign companies.


The deal of a Representative Office is to support the parent company interested in the Italian market, both for marketing activities and business opportunities research or prepare the launch of the business in Italy.


The Representative Office is not an Italian tax payer so the activities that could be conducted are exclusively limited to:

- promotional actions;

- marketing researches;

- data-gathering;

- storage, display or delivery of goods belonging to the headquarters.

It is not allowed to have business activities related to the selling.


The Representative Office is considered an extension of parent company and not a legal entity.


The Representative Office does not create profit therefore, according to the Italian legislation and the OECD Tax Model, is not subject to taxation and has no obligation to keep books, publish financial statements or file income tax or vat returns.


To open a Representative Office it is required to be registered at the Chamber of Commerce. This registration will award the Representative Office to be recognized like a local unit of the parent company.


Instead foreign companies interested in real business activities may set up Italy company or Italy branch.



LDP Representative Office Services


- collecting and preparing the relevant documents;

- arranging sworn document translations;

- obtaining of VAT and Tax codes;

- registering the Representative Office;

- setting up bank accounts;

- providing Representative Office domicile.





What are the main features of a Representative Office in Italy?

Representative Office should run few activities all related to marketing actions and research.  Sales of services or goods are not allowed.


Which are the costs to consider for a Representative Office?

Besides set up costs, the parent company must pay the registration fee to the Chamber of Commerce. There are no other additional costs except for further services like Italian payroll in case of Representative Office with employees. This service may be performed by our professionals.


Does the Representative Office need some local representative?

It is required to have a Legal Representative appointed by the parent company.


Who is responsible for all liabilities of the Representative Office?

The parent company is liable for the Representative Office.


Could the parent company claim back some costs?

The Representative Office does not create profit. Therefore, all the costs could be deductible for the parent company in compliance with its domestic law.


Could the parent company claim back Italy VAT?

The parent company may claim back Italy VAT. This service may be performed by our professionals.


Does the Representative Office have some restrictions relating to its activities?

The Representative Office could incur in all the expenses for the allowed activities (hiring employees, renting premises, travels…). Logo

LDP provides services for Multinational Companies that wish to invest in Italy. Our Clients come from all over the world and including some listed companies. Our quick roll out involves not only company formation but also the setting up of an accounting system, a reporting package, payroll and legal services, immigration, social security management, contracts of employment and transfer price compliance. This is the easiest and most correct way to do business in Italy. LDP services allow our clients to focus on developing their business in Italy thus saving time and money. Our One-point-of-Contact business model effectively and efficiently matches your requirements with tailor-made solutions, saving you valuable time and resources. LDP have a special focus also in M.&A. in particularly in providing assistance for data room, due diligence, drafting of S.P.A. and assistance during the negotiation phase. LDP will support you on every step to making business in Italy.

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