The codice fiscale or Italian tax code which some Italian shopping and travel web sites require before certain operations can be carried out has caused a number of readers problems when they want to pay fines. buy tickets to museums in Florence, Venice and Rome and shop online in Italy.
Online stores or online ticket sales services based in Italy may request an Italian tax code before any purchase can be made. No codice fiscale, no ticket to the Doges Palace in Venice, or interesting wine from a producer in Italy.
At the end of this article, you’ll also find instructions on how you might be able to recover a lost officially issued Italian tax code – codice fiscale .
What is the Italian Tax Code – Codice Fiscale?
The Codice Fiscale is an alpha numeric code which is assigned to all Italians at birth. Anyone who comes to live and work in Italy will need an Italian tax code. I have one, even though I am not Italian.
If you are not Italian, or not resident in Italy, you will not have an Italian tax code. This means you may not be able to use Italian websites which request an Italian tax code before you can buy things like advance tickets to Italy’s museums and other tourist attractions, such as the Doge’s Palace in Venice .
If you need a real Italian tax code (codice fiscale), you will also find instructions in this post on where to go to get one.
The Italian tax code is known as a Codice Fiscale in Italy
Before explaining how to use an online system to create a codice fiscale, be aware that if you ever need a real Italian tax code, the one you create using the system mentioned here may not be 100% accurate .
Problems can occur if more than one person has a similar name and surname, was born on exactly the same date and in the same ‘comune’. OK, so these situations are going to be rare, but I thought I should mention this – just in case.
Note. again, that the code you create with this system is not official – to create a real codice fiscale you need to come to Italy, get up early and go stand in a queue –
Note too. if you are in Italy and you try to use the codice fiscale you create with the system below as a legal tax code, you may well end up with a visit from Italy’s police – be warned.
Incidentally, I used the system below to calculate my own codice fiscale and the result was exactly the same as my actual official Italian codice fiscale code – but this is not always the case. As I mentioned at the start of this ‘how to’, I have a codice fiscale because I live and work in Italy, even though I am not Italian.
Information on how to obtain an official codice fiscale follows the unofficial codice fiscale creation section.
Now, if you just want an unofficial Italian tax code to use on some Italian online store or other, here is how you can do it:
Italian Tax Code Creation Instructions
Remembering that this process will not create an official Italian tax code – Codice Fiscale (Yes, I know I keep repeating this – if I don’t, you may forget, and moan), first of all, you will need to go to this site: http://www.paginebianche.it/codice-fiscale (The link will open in a new window/tab, so you can refer to the instructions which follow.)
After you click, you should see a screen which looks something like this:
A Unofficial Italian Tax Code Calculator – by Pagine Bianche
Now, here are instructions on how to use the Italian tax code calculation system.
First, enter your:
Ignore the ‘Se sei nato in Italia ‘ box, unless you were born in Italy. Instead, do this:
- Click on the greyish ‘Se sei nato all’estero ‘ box. At first glance it does not look as if it will not work, but it will.
- A drop down menu will then present you with a choice of countries. Choose yours – you will need to know the Italian name for your nation. ‘Gran Bretagna’ = Great Britain, ‘Stati Uniti’ = United States, etc, etc.
- First box – Giorno = day – select a number eg 21
- Second box – Mese = month – select a month eg Aprile (April)
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