An Expat Talks about Living in
Jan 26, 2016
An expat who retired in Minturno, Italy says the people there are the most welcoming, friendly and accepting group she has ever met. She appreciates the low cost of living, beautiful weather, history and culture of Minturno.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Not diverse at all but the most friendly, accepting, welcoming group I've eve met.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Government work and agriculture.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Family, food, church, beach, sports in that order.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
It is a great spot to retire. Food, utilities and housing are cheap. The weather is great. I can't ask for more. Enjoy the history, culture and natural beauty of this diverse little slice of Italy.
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Dual Citizen & Residency or Not
I've been reading through old posts here and on the Americans Living in Italy FB group, trying to find out some information for when we have more time to spend at our holiday home. I apologize for the long question, but better to have it in one place and there is a wealth of experience with this group! We won't retire from teaching for about 7 years, but will have a home there now and hopefully dual citizenship by the time we retire. My sincere thanks for any clarification anyone can share about my questions!!!
1. DH is working on JS. Once acknowledged, I can begin the JM application. If we are both dual citizens, are we required to notify the comune of our presence if we are just staying in our own home for an extended vacation LESS than 183 days? The only thing I've read that would make registering as a resident important is for the purchase of a car. I'm not worried about the medical benefit right now.
2. As we would be registered in AIRE, we don't want to have to register as a resident at the comune, then unregister when we head back to the US if we are staying less than 183 days per year. I don't think it makes sense to go back and forth like with residency. It sounds like registering with the comune cancels your AIRE registration, and we would have to reregister again with AIRE upon our return to the US.
3. I have read that as citizens we can register our home as a primary home in Italy though AIRE, which would reduce our IMU. Anyone have experience with this? Can this be done if only one homeowner has citizenship, or do we need to wait until the JM process is complete (which I know can take up to 4 years)?
4. If we decided to stay longer, and haven't registered, how does the Italian government know of our presence if we aren't residents? We are NOT planning to cheat the system, but how would they track us? It seems from what I've read that whether or not we are registered residents, the 183 day rule would apply.
5. I know that if DH is not a registered resident, I would not be allowed to stay longer than 90 days until the JM process is complete and I have an Italian passport, correct?
6. If we decided to declare residency and stay longer than 183 days, we are subject to income tax on our teacher pensions as citizens of Italy, (but as foreign residents that particular pension is not taxable), our withdrawals from our 403b accounts, and a tax foreign bank accounts. I think we would need to ay a wealth tax on our home in California, but I'm unclear if there is a difference on this wealth tax if we are foreign residents or citizen residents. What is the tax rate for foreign held real estate? Are the property taxes paid on our home in California deductible from the wealth tax we would pay in Italy? We might sell, but the wealth tax on the value our home near San Francisco could be affect our decision to keep our home or not.
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We are in the process of applying for elective residency and juggling all the balls in the air, so to speak seems a bit of a challenge. As I understand it one must first obtain a rental contract prior to the visit to the Italian consulate in the US.
1 - Are landlords/owners willing to give rental contracts contingent upon successfully obtaining an ER Visa.
2 - Did you pay the deposits, realtor fee and first months rent upon issuance of the contract but during this waiting period?
I understand it can take up to 90 days for the VISA to be granted. and the hold your passport so if one were to rent prior to and pay first month rent, fees, deposits anticipating a successful granting of the VISA you could not travel to use the property while waiting, is that so? Can anyone explain in detail how they navigated this illogical process? Can one apply for Elective residency while in Italy?
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Buying a Car
What do you need to buy a car in Italy? I am an American driver planning to move to Italy within 24 months and would like to buy a car.
I am also a Irish citizen
Don't speak Italian (yet)
What is my easiest path to buy a car in Italy? Thanks in advance!
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