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Electric / Re: Solar panels
« Last post by rsetzer99 on April 16, 2017, 09:09:42 PM »
I will of course have to verify with a Commercialista, but I also was under the impression that so long as one had taxable income and a tax owed, that the credit was avail. I would be disappointed to find otherwise, but it would still not cause me to regret getting panels. It would increase the cost recovery time but I could live with that.
Electric / Re: Solar panels
« Last post by Orbito on April 13, 2017, 10:47:41 AM »
Thanks all, very useful.
Electric / Re: Solar panels
« Last post by Relaxed on April 13, 2017, 07:55:39 AM »
I don't think it is necessary to have a salaried job to take advantage of tax deductions, merely to have sufficient income declared to the Italian tax authorities to attract enough tax to make the deductions from. A substantial private pension, even if it derives from  foreign source, for example.

But, every tax break scheme has its own rules, and I haven't read those which apply to the solar panels incentive.
Electric / Re: Solar panels
« Last post by Tartufa on April 12, 2017, 05:57:13 PM »
I have no idea if this applies to those who have written here but do be careful with 'tax credits'.  You need to be on the right kind of regime to get any tax back i.e. you need to have a salaried job or a full rate Partita IVA (I think).  If you are not paying income tax here then I don't think you qualify.  It's not deducted off any kind of general tax such as IMU.
Electric / Re: Solar panels
« Last post by rsetzer99 on April 11, 2017, 02:21:13 PM »
I have just recently signed with New Electric down around Lanciano. The feed in rate is currently low, around .10 per Kw, so it is not really worth getting excess capacity. We signed for a 4.5 KW system, which will easily power our entire house during daylight, maybe even in the winter months. The cost, iva included for an installed system is just under 9K Eu. The 6kw system was just under 12K EU, so with the low feed in rate they are paying, it would make the cost recovery time longer than I care for. You get a 50% of cost tax credit, spread over 10 years. The panels are under warranty for 25 years and the inverter for 20. I am figuring that within 5 years I will easily recover my cost, so I consider it a pretty safe investment.
Electric / Solar panels
« Last post by Orbito on April 09, 2017, 05:29:44 PM »
I'd love to hear if people have, either on their own or via an Italian company, installed solar panels?

Did you have an upfront cost to lease or buy the panels? Do you get much back in terms of lower leccy bills?
TV / Re: TV aerials
« Last post by old timer on March 21, 2017, 10:07:23 PM »
If you are using a satellite and the program was originally in English you can often change it from italian to English. Programs are oten transmitted in a number of languages. The change doesn't always work.
TV / Re: TV aerials
« Last post by Shebar on March 21, 2017, 09:10:02 PM »
Italy went digital a couple of years ago and I think you'll need to have an external aerial to get any reception.  Before making the investment it might be worth going to the Rai webpages to see if there is anything worth watching (which you could watch on your computer anyway).  Rai models itself on the BBC and has a host of different channels - both TV and radio - as well as educational material (you can learn Italian there), and a good news website.

The mediaset (Berlusconi) channels are the "red top" end of the spectrum, and were used extensively to promote Berlusconi when he was involved in politics.  La 7 provides an eclectic mix - I particularly like Otto e Mezzo which is bit like Hardtalk.

There are also numerous local TV stations - but they are generally pretty naff.
TV / TV aerials
« Last post by Orbito on March 21, 2017, 08:48:53 PM »
I've now got my UK TV unpacked and on the wall, but without an aerial it's obviously not getting any signal.

Will any indoor aerial do the trick or do I need something special?

Telephone / Urgent: TIM landlines
« Last post by Relaxed on March 16, 2017, 01:51:26 PM »

I just fell upon this today. A breathtaking contract change from Telecom Italia.

Telecom Italia (TIM) are putting up their charges for telephone landlines (and, presumably, ADSL) from April 1st. They are going to charge their 'monthly' fees on a 28 day basis, (effectively an 8.6% increase).

More importantly, or so says the article (although it doesn't go into details), after April 1st it will become more costly to get rid of your land line or to change operator.

So, if you have been idly considering whether you really need your landline, this is a bit of encouragement to get rid of it in the next fortnight!
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