Abruzzo Comune & Municipalities Eligible for 7% Flat Rate Tax

Abruzzo is one of the 5 southern Italian regions that make up the ‘Mezzogiorno’ and actively encourages foreign retirees to become a resident and pay just 7% tax for up to 9 years.  This tax break is in return for helping repopulate and revitalise its fragile, rural villages, small towns and cities and help counter what could be regarded as a circle of decline in its precious mountainous and national park areas: in 2020 just 60/305 municipalities had the same or more residents than the previous year.  From 2022, municipalities in Lazio, Umbria and Le March affected by the earthquakes in 2009, 2016-2017 are also included on the eligible ‘list’.

Estimated Decrease of Abruzzo’s Population

Estimated Abruzzo Population

 

Eligibility of the 7% Flat Tax Rate

To be eligible for this flat rate tax of 7% in Abruzzo, you as a ‘new’ resident must settle in an Abruzzese municipality that has a population of less than 20,000 and can’t have lived in Italy for 5 years before.  You would need to pay your tax in one full payment each year, personal deductions, and for example, restoration projects could not be used for further discounts. Check your country has a tax agreement with Italy that is another pre-requisite!  Jump to the list!

Abruzzo’s Vital Statistics

Italy’s national static board Istat recorded on 1st January 2023, Abruzzo’s population totalled 1,269,860 residents, a drop of  6,090 residents compared to 2022. The decline is less than that recorded between 2020 and 2021 which saw 12,929 residents leave.  This is an average of -4.8 per thousand inhabitants compared to Italy’s general rate of -3. This departure rate is split across the provinces as -6.2% in L’Aquila, -4.1 in Teramo, -4.2 in Pescara and lastly in Chieti -4.7 per thousand inhabitants. The number of its foreign residents remains stable at 81,000, a rise of +3.6 compared to the national average of +3.9.

The average age of citizens is 47.2 years (46.4 in Italy).  62.8% of the population is aged between 15 and 64, whilst 25.3% are over 65 and 11.9% are between 0 and 14 years old, just below the Italian average of 13%.

Abruzzo was recently placed 186 out of the 234  regions that make up the EU.  The ‘Index’ measures, with a rich set of indicators, the ability of a region to offer an attractive environment for firms and residents to live and work.  Naturally, there are different strokes for different folks and needs vary dramatically at different stages of one’s life.   For those who are entering their ‘elderhood’,  an excellent health indicator is likely most welcome. See the full breakdown by each region.

Abruzzese Municipality Eligible for Italy’s 7% Flat Tax Rate for Foreign Retirees with 5,000 + Residents

Province Code: TE=Teramo, CH=Chieti, PE=Pescara, AQ=L’Aquila

 

Comune Population
Residents
Altitude
Metres Above Sea Level
CH

San Salvo

19,688 100
PE

Spoltore

19,012 185
TE

Martinsicuro

16,270 2
TE

Silvi

15,361 2
PE

Città Sant’Angelo

14,795 317
TE

Pineto

14,571 4
CH

San Giovanni Teatino

14,331 15
TE

Alba Adriatica

12,760 5
TE

Tortoreto

11,788 239
PE

Penne

11,165 438
PE

Cepagatti

10,946 145
CH

Atessa

10,338 433
AQ

Celano

10,186 800
TE

Atri

9,996 444
TE

Sant’Egidio alla V.

9,751 237
TE

Mosciano Sant’Angelo

9,072 227
PE

Pianella

8,472 236
CH

Guardiagrele

8,420 576
TE

Montorio al Vomano

7,397 263
TE

Castellalto

7,295 481
PE

Loreto Aprutino

7,140 294
AQ

Pratola Peligna

7,039 342
TE

Bellante

6,849 354
PE

Manoppello

6,751 257
AQ

Castel di Sangro

6,564 793
TE

Campli

6,560 393
AQ

Tagliacozzo

6.436 740
TE

Notaresco

6,337 267
CH

Fossacesia

6,280 140
PE

Collecorvino

5,933 253
AQ

Luco dei Marsi

5,912 680
AQ

Trasacco

5,808 685
CH

Casalbordino

5,791 203
TE

Nereto

5.294 163
CH

San Vito Chietino

5,162 122
CH

Casoli

5,154 378
TE

Sant’Omero

5,079 209

 

Foothills and Mountains…

Abruzzese Municipality Eligible for Italy’s 7% Flat Tax Rate for Foreign Retirees with Less than 5,000 Residents

For those particularly interested and considering living in the beautiful foothills and mountainous areas of Abruzzo, the figures below showing the variation in population between 2016-2021 is a useful guide in illustrating how progressive these towns and villages councils were in ensuring their municipality remained attractive places to call home to existing, and new local and foreign families.

 

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.


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