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Italy and France--U.S. Dual Taxation Issues: U.S. Treaty Benefits, Saving Clause, Residency Rules

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A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

1:00pm-2:50pm EDT, 10:00am-11:50am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, April 26, 2024

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This webinar will discuss the dual taxation issues that advisers, including multinational advisers, must address for taxpayers traveling and residing in France and Italy, as well as the U.S. Our seasoned foreign tax advisers will explain residency, totalization agreements, and taxation of passive and earned income for these countries. They will also point out tax-saving devices, including foreign tax credits, foreign earned income and housing exclusions, and the application of treaty benefits.


Unlike other countries, the U.S. taxes the worldwide income of its residents regardless of where they reside and earn their living. In Italy and France, having a residence in the country can establish residency. Similar to the U.S., both countries have their unique 183-day tests for residency. A U.S. citizen living abroad could meet the U.S. and Italy or France residency requirements within the same tax year. For this reason, the U.S. income tax treaties with Italy and France contain tie-breaker rules to settle this issue.

Although nonresidents' passive income is generally subject to a 30 percent tax rate, the treaties with France and Italy provide exemption from or lower rates for certain types of passive income. These benefits, though, do not extend to U.S. residents by virtue of the saving clause included in U.S. income tax treaties. The saving clause preserves the right of the U.S. to tax its citizens regardless of the benefits available in these treaties. Although the agreements differ, the U.S. has totalization agreements with France and Italy to eliminate dual coverage and payments of self-employment or social security taxes. Multinational tax advisers working with taxpayers who reside or work in Italy or France as well as the U.S. need to understand the rules of taxation for these countries.

Listen as our panel of multinational tax specialists explains how the U.S., Italy, and France tax intercontinental travelers.



  1. Italy and France: U.S. dual taxation issues introduction
  2. Residency
    1. Italy
    2. France
  3. Totalization agreements
    1. Italy
    2. France
  4. Treaty benefits and caveats
  5. Inheritance taxes
    1. Italy
    2. France
  6. I. Tax-saving devices
    1. Foreign tax credits
    2. Foreign earned income exclusion
    3. Housing exclusion
  7. Best practices


The panel will cover these and other critical issues:

  • How the saving clause can supersede lower treaty tax rates
  • Residency requirements for taxpayers living or working in Italy
  • How the U.S. France totalization operates
  • Tax-saving vehicles for multinational taxpayers including foreign tax credits


Diosdi, Anthony
Anthony V. Diosdi

Diosdi Ching & Liu

Mr. Diosdi is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly defends individuals and corporations in matters involving tax...  |  Read More

Iacobelli, Giulia
Giulia Iacobelli, CPA

President and Owner
Italian CPA Firms

Ms. Iacobelli relocated to New York in 2000 upon realizing the fact that Italian Businesses seeking to operate in the...  |  Read More

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