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Plea bargaining effective only after tax debt off payment.

Court of Cassation ruling n. 169 dated January 8-th 2018, confirms the validity of the art. 13-bis of Dlgs. 74/2000 (as per amendments brought about by Dlgs. 158/2015), despite quite a lot of concerns raised in jurisprudence.
The above mentioned regulation gives to the guilty the possibility to plea bargain only after the mitigating circumstance of a total tax debt off payment, inclusive of all administrative sanctions and their interests, but prior to the starting of the first degree hearing or by full active repentance.

The new “for profit” amateur sport clubs.

The Italian Budget for 2018 has introduced several provisions with the purpose of encouraging the process of modernization of the amateur sports sector. Inter alia, the opportunity to establish “for profit” the amateur sport clubs is certainly one of the most relevant innovations.

New regulation on GSE’s powers in imposing sanctions – Possibility of voluntary disclosure.

The so called Benamati amendment to 2018 Financial Law – amendment approved in early December – aims at trying to make more flexible the GSE sanction system following GSE’ surveys on renewable energy plants.
The goal is to introduce a more proportional sanction system based upon the type and the rank of the violations ascertained by the GSE as well as a mechanism of voluntary disclosure to settle the consequences of possible violations thus further reducing the relevant sanctions applied by the GSE.

Insolvency of the silent partner: the annual term shall not apply.

With the Court order n. 22270 dated September 25th 2017, the Supreme Court of Cassation addressed the matter of the extension of the insolvency procedure of a limited partnership to the silent unlimited partner. The Judges confirmed that the annual term sets forth in the article 147, paragraph 2 of Regal Decree n. 267/1942 (the Italian “Bankruptcy Law”) shall not find application in such a case.

Decree no. 231/01 extended to fight against racism and xenophobia as well.

Law no. 167, dated November 20th 2017, “Dispositions on the fulfillment of obligations regarding Italy in its affiliation to European Union – 2017 European Law” is now published.
Within the implementation of Framework Decision no. 2008/913/GAI concerning fight against all racism and xenophobia types and expressions, 2017 European Law set out the inclusion of a new art. 25 – 13th paragraph in matter of fight against racism and xenophobia to the rules of Legislative Decree no. 231, dated June 8th 2011

Whistleblowing: new protection laws for those who report offences.

Whistleblowers are protected by the law that has been recently introduced to stop them being treated unfairly or losing their job because they ‘blew the whistle’.
The law for the protection of the employee who reports offences at work has been approved. Organizational Models according to d.lgs. 8 June 2001 no. 231 will need to be updated consequently.

Fiscal Guide for short term rentals.

The Decree no. 50/2017 has introduced a specific fiscal legislation for the short term home rentals (no more than 30 days); the decree apply to rentals  executed from  1st June 2017.

Italian State aid: voucher for the internationalization of SME.

The countdown has begun for all SME interested in their internationalization through the non-refundable Italian State grant. The “Extraordinary Promotion Plan for the Made in Italy” is worth 26 million euros: the Ministry will assign this amount in on a first come first served basis until financial resources are extinguished.