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Tax code


Tax code


The Italian Tax Code (Codice Fiscale) is essential for any person who wishes to carry out financial transactions in Italy, in particular regarding properties and/or inheritance matters. It can be issued to nationals of any country.
Firms or Companies must apply for a tax code in Italy in the location of the registered address or business activity.

Residents of England, Wales and Channel Islands have the option to apply for an Italian Tax Code if they never had one or if they need a certification of the code received on a previous application, for example in order to ask access to the services linked to the digital identity procedure (SPID – only Italian citizens).

In both cases, it is necessary to fill an application as per the instructions below.

The certification will be sent via email, as a .pdf file. The service is free of charge and is available to private individuals over the age 0f 18, who are resident in this Consular area. This Consular area includes England, Wales and Channel Islands.
The Italian Tax Code does not expire or change when moving to another country. This office cannot modify previously assigned Codice Fiscale in case of errors or changes in name or surname. It is necessary to contact Agenzia delle Entrate in Italy directly.

Applications on behalf of minors: in addition to the passport of the child, it is necessary to prove the parental rights, hence applications must include a parent’s ID and either a .pdf of a birth certificate or part of an ID or passport that clearly states the names of the parents. In this case, the proof of address can be the GP registration of the child or a utility in the name of a parent.

PLEASE NOTE: the Italian Tax Code (Codice Fiscale) is one of the details included in an Italian Health Services Card (Tessera Sanitaria) but it is a different document. The Italian Health Services Card has an expiration date and it is only available to Italy residents. This office does not issue Italian Health Services Cards (Tessera Sanitaria).

Applications for an Italian Tax Code can only be submitted online, by filling the relevant online form (link to jot form).

The application must be completed in all its parts, paying particular attention that the details (name, surname, date and place of birth) exactly match those in the ID. Italian nationals, even in case of dual citizenship, must apply according to their Italian details. Italians will be asked to add the details of their address in Italy, please note that the system only need the input of the Italian municipality/town of AIRE registration. All those who already have an Italian Tax Code MUST specify in the “remarks” section of the application the service needed and the Italian Tax Code if available.

Applications sent via post will be disregarded. Incomplete online applications will regrettably be rejected.

In order to complete the application, please make sure to have an adequate file copy (pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, csv, txt, rtf, html, zip, jpg, jpeg, png, gif are all accepted by the system) not exceeding 500Kb of the following documents:

1) A copy of. valid ID (either a passport or identity card, we cannot accept a driving licence);

PLEASE NOTE: the Codice Fiscale is issued based on the personal details: name, surname, place and date of birth. In case of Italian nationals or in case of pre-existing details of the applicant in the Italian Government records there must be consistency in the personal details. This is the reason why the following categories of applicant must notify this office in the “Remarks” section of the application:

- Married Italians who have taken the spouse’s surname (even in case of dual nationality);
- Descendants of Italian nationals;
- Spouses of Italians (even in case of dual nationality).

2) A copy of your proof of address in England, Wales or Channel Islands (utility bills and council tax only) issued in the 3 months prior to application.

Upon completion of the form, you will receive a message confirming that your application was successful and a reference number.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the waiting times for obtaining a “codice fiscale” may vary. Please wait 4 weeks from submission before contacting requesting information about the progress of your application.

Any application marked in the “Remarks” section as urgent and proven urgent will be fast tracked.



From 1st October 2020, SPID, the Public Digital Identity System, allows access to the online services of the Public Administration and private companies registered with it, through the creation of a single Digital Identity (username and password) that can be used via computers, tablets and smartphones.

Italian citizens registered with AIRE in this Consular area cannot apply for an Italian Health Card and, in order to apply for a SPID, must obtain a copy of their Italian Tax Code from the Italian Tax Code Consular office.

SPID is free. For more information and a list of providers please click here.

Italians living abroad are kindly invited to select a provider that allows for remote ID verification via webcam or by downloading an App on a smartphone.

Italian nationals can use the “Fisconline” service for filing their tax returns. All information is available on the website of Agenzia delle Entrate: