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  1. Hi the P's Strictly speaking it is the time available to you divided by the time available in total. However, can vary according to the expense. eg electric/gas - standing charge as above useage - time used by you divided by total time occupied (eg 1/8) - anything specific to rental - eg meet & greet/cleaning etc as it falls. Rubbish tax/emu etc (annual fixed costs) - time available to youy divided by 52. Time available is time used plus nay time unoccupied unless you are excluded from using - eg if contract with agents requires it to be available to them apart from specified weeks reserved for you. Whatever basis used it is important that it makes sense and the rationale/basis is set out in the notes on the tax return - HMRC may query but at leaset you will have disclosed everything - gives them limited time to query Regards
  2. For UK tax purposes the income would not normally be from self employment but from overseas property. There are differences but in practice would not be significant For UK tax purposes you can deduct the expenses relating to the letting; general/annual expenses would need to be apportioned if the property is only let part time or is available to you to use. The double tax relief is the lower of: (a) the UK tax on the taxable income (ie after allowable expenses); and (b) the Italian tax paid. It is possible as an alternative to treat the Italian tax as an expense. However, this is unlikely to be of benefit unless expenses are very high and the tax exceeds the net UK taxable income – it would create a loss to carry forward. Unless the UK taxable income is going to be taxed at higher rates (40%+) you should have no UK tax liability but it still needs to be properly included on your tax returns. For a single property also used as a holiday home I would not normally recommend putting it into a company – could be significant costs and tax consequences of doing so. The above is a general guide only. If your situation is not straightforward you should consider getting specific advice on your situation. Hope that helps
  3. I suspect that it is the centrifugal system but all cold pressed (max temperature was 26C) - the frantoio I use has a minimum 300kg requirement due to its - cost E50 I have heard of a traditional old style mill somewhere in the area - not sure where but it had a lower minimum and cost a bit more Produced high quality, peppery oil. A bit cloudy (normal) which clarifies over a number of weeks/months as the very fine particles settle.
  4. We picked early this year (16/17 October) after a disasterous harvest last year (very poor quality). There were a small number of people using the frantoio when we took ours so we were not the first. However the local coop frantoio had not started Around us preperations have started with nets going down but very little harvesting activity yet.. I believe the rationale for waiting for the rains is that it swells the olives, increases wieght and potential yield. If selling or using the larger commercial/co-op frantoio's who buy by/pay by weight then it makes sense. However, if a lower yield is acceptable and the oil is for own use then early picking can give higher quality and a mix of black & green olives is OK. This year our yield was 56litres from 335kg and the acidity was 0.1%. For me quality is the main thing
  5. Panner

    Hello again!

    Was beginning to think the site had closed down for good. Glad to see it is now back - hopefully will stay.
  6. For information: THE DEMARCED AREAS (as of 16/01/2019) In accordance with the EU Decision 789/2015 as amended by the EU decision 927/2018 and following the discovery of an infected plant in the Monopoli area, the current demarcated area defined with the executive act No. 3 of 16/01 / 2019 (BURP n. 8 of 24.01.2019) is constituted: Infected area: includes the entire province of Lecce, Brindisi and part of Taranto, is the area where the bacterium is located and it is not possible to eradicate it. In this area the decision does not establish any obligation to eliminate infected plants. Containment area: it is the 20 km zone of the infected area adjacent to the buffer zone where monitoring must be carried out and containment measures must be implemented through the eradication of the plants found to be infected and the vector to fight. Buffer zone: is the 10 km wide band surrounding the infected area. The buffer zone is a free area in which monitoring must be carried out and in the event of an outbreak being found, 'eradication measures' must be applied, which consist in eliminating the infected plant and all the plants of the host species, regardless of their state of health, present within 100 m. The fight against the carrier must also be carried out. The following map shows the edges of each area
  7. Needs to be done by end of April “Actions to combat the spread of xylella fastidiosa Vector monitoring Monitoring is aimed at assessing the population of insects and their stage of development in order to provide useful information on the timing of the execution of mandatory interventions to be carried out with regard to youth and adults. In accordance with the EU / 789/2015 decision, Legislative Decree 214/05 and of the Regional Council Decree 1890/2018, it should be remembered that in the buffer zone, containment and infection, it is obligatory from March to April to carry out mechanical interventions: surface workings of the land, shredding of wild herbs, flaming or weeding, these last two operations to be performed only in case of impossibility to intervene mechanically. In the free area these interventions are recommended.” (Google translation – original & more at http://www.emergenzaxylella.it/portal/portale_gestione_agricoltura ) Threat of prosecution/fines if not done is still there I started strimming before the recent rains – now trying to finish and having to redo large parts due to the rapid growth. Big problem is that unless it is also rotovated or ploughed, which is difficult on our land and impossible in places, or using weedkiller, which I am loathe to do, it will need redoing by the end of June due to the growth and the fire risk.
  8. Hi Clint To answer your questions 1) It is very well suited to underfloor heating systems as the system runs a fairly low water temperatures for heating. However, it can be used with radiator systems, but the radiators tend to be larger and sometimes fan assisted to increase the airflow over the radiator for when extra heat is needed. 2) Running costs depend on outside temperature, required underfloor/radiator water temp & required internal temp. For heating I work on an average of 1 kwh electric consumed produces an average of 5 kwh of heat output, when the outside temperature is below 4C this drops slightly but at higher outside temps increases. It depends on the efficiency of the system. For hot water we have a 200 litre tank which can be heated from cold to 50C plus in less than an hour but is normally sett to maintain a full tank of hot water at all times. For 2 of us it cost approx E1 per day for all the hot water we need without having to bother about limiting use. Again cost is slightly less in summer than winter because of how the system operates. In comparison a modern condensing gas boiler can produce around 1kwh of heat for about 1.1kwh of gas used (they are about 90%+ efficient in full condensing mode but can drop to about 80% if the flue temperature is too high). Best efficiency for condensing boilers is usually achieved when running underfloor heating systems. In summary the running costs will depend on what you want from your heating system. It is also possible to combine the ASHP system with a solar panel HW system to reduce the electricity consumption. I have a lot more info on comparable costs that I put together before installing my system but it is on my computer in Puglia (back imid January). Needs updating for changes in fuel costs and will be able to give you more info when we meet. Panner
  9. Hi Clint Sorry to hear that. Hope your recovery is speedy. Let me know when you are mobile enough to get around a bit - PM me if you want with your contact details. Assuming you are in Puglia we can sort something out to meet and I can hopefully answer any questions you may have and, if you want, I can show you my system. Regards Panner
  10. Clint If you are still interested in an air source heat pump for hot water and heating I can give you some info. Spent a lot of time looking at all the alternatives and I have had a system in place for 5 years now. I am in the UK at present but will be back in Puglia (between Ostuni & Carovigno) by mid January if you want to meet up and have a chat, Panner
  11. From memory, last year the posted price at one of the frantoio's in Carovigno got up to about €42 – €48 per quintale (100kg) of olives, the previous year it was about €22 - €24. At the moment the frantoio that usually displays a price is not yet doing so, even though there appear to be a lot of people taking their olives in for processing. If processing your olives the frantoio we use is currently charging €15 per quintale, plus the cost of cans if you do not have any, with a minimum of 3 quintale for processing. The minimum varies between frantoio. The quality of our olives this year is substantially lower than last year (our first year of harvesting) but we only produce for our own use and this year’s oil is only useable for cooking, it is not extra virgin quality for drizzling on food or eating crudo. Unless your olives have been treated to minimise the olive fly infestation this year and your olives are not already shrivelling or dropping in significant numbers you may find that both quantity and quality is low. From a purely economic point of view I would not expect to make any significant return unless the quality of oil produced was very high and you have someone who wants to buy it at a sensible price. However, the satisfaction of harvesting, producing and consuming your own olive oil - especially when it is high quality is immense The only way to assess your olives is to have a local who knows olives take a look and give you an idea. To give you a rough idea of quantity, we collected between a 1 or 2 kilo and 25kg per tree from about 40 trees, mainly large but some small, a lot of the trees had already shed a lot of their olives. The general figure quoted is between 20 & 30kg on average from a tree that has been looked after in normal production (no doubt plus or minus quite a bit depending on the tree and when harvested). The total we collected this year was 310kg and this produced 57 litres of low quality oil. Last year we collected 380kg and produced 64 litres of oil - but very high quality. In both cases processed within 48 hours of starting the harvest. Hope that helps
  12. Inheritence tax in the UK is payable on the worldwide assets of UK domiciled individuals (not the same as tax resident - much wider). The tax is payable by the estate on death, or in some cases trustees of any trust the assets of which form part of the estate for IHT purposes. In addition UK IHT can be payable on death in respect of UK assets held by non-UK domiciled individuals, in which case the tax will normally be eligible for double tax relief in the country of residence/domicile for IHT, or its equivalent, purposes. In this case, on the basis that the deceased was UK domiciled and had no Italian assets, the only IHT would be UK. Nothing would be payable by the recipient of the estate in Italy. If UK domiciled and Italian tax resident the double tax agreement comes into play which should give relief for tax payable in the non-domiciled country in respect of assets situated in that country against the tax due in the country of domicile. My understanding is that if the recipient is Italian tax resident then the inheritance will have tax implications – any income arising would be taxable and if invested or in bank accounts the details would need to be disclosed on the annual tax return – property/investments/bank balances subject to the annual “wealth” tax. There can be serious penalties for not disclosing it on the tax return. (If an issue should be checked with a qualified lawyer/commercialista in Italy). Hope that helps
  13. Panner

    Advice Please

    Tiscali customer service is not very user friendly. The only way of contacting them is via their Facebook page or Twitter. I did not have either and had to set up a Facebook account to do so as I had an issue. They did respond quickly and everything was sorted. If you are only getting 100k download then your signal reception must be very poor. Do you have an internal combined modem/router or an external mounted modem wired to an internal modem? If the former it sounds like you may need to reposition it or get them to install an external modem (costs extra). If it is external then it is either faulty, wrongly positioned or you are in a very poor signal area and it should not have been installed. Normally where the signal is poor at roof level they mount it on a pole (extra cost) to get the signal. If you signed up online then normally they send out the internal modem/router. If ordered through an installer then they should have checked the reception. Hope that helps
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    Advice Please

    Consider Nexive in San Vito for post. I have been using them for some time, very good and very helpful. Tiscali WiFi is now in and around the area, we are between Ostuni & Carovigno but receive from the San Vito transmitter, and is good if you cannot get fibre broadband to the house/nearest connection. Very fast download - have hit 60mb+ but usually around 20mb+. Upload max 2mb. Reasonably priced (E24/month yr 1 increasing to E29 per month yr 2) and unlimited download. Also provides a land line number over internet (VOIP) with free national calls and some free international landline calls - needs a suitable telephone to connect to the router for the included tel line. Hope that helps
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