The ISEE allows you to access lots of services and benefits obtainable from the government.

The Equivalent Economic Status Index (ISEE)is an indicator of the economic condition of the family and it is issued by INPS for those with income and assets in Italy to identify the income bracket that a family belongs to. The ISEE issued during a given timetable or year is valid until 31 December of the same year. For example, the ISEE instrument issued during 2021 expires on 31 December 2021, and refers to the household’s income and assets for 2019.

ISEE is a full reflection of your finances including any assets, and an important part of your finance comes from the income in your bank account.

So let us now take a glance at how it works, the benefits of ISEE and how to submit the request form amongst others.

ISEE is a full reflection of your finances including any assets, and an important part of your finance comes from the income in your bank account.


In order to get the ISEE you need to submit the Unified Substitutive Declaration (DSU). It’s a document that requires personal details, income, and asset information from your household in order to to identify the income bracket that you and your family belongs to.


There are 5 types of DSU you can submit for different reasons and needs. Let us now take a look at each of them:

  • Mini DSU– This is what you will need to submit most of the time to access majority of the benefits. It includes your main personal details and your household’s income and asset information.
  • Full DSU– This requires you to submit additional information not included in the mini DSU. For example if there is an individual in the household that is disabled or not completely independent.
  • Current DSU – The current DSU or ISEE is valid for only 6 months and its obtained even after you had an ISEE before when there is a change in your financial situation for example when there is a lost of job. In this case, allowing you to recalculate the ISEE value, taking the new financial situation of the entire household into account.
  • Pre-filled DSU – This is an online method that allows you to access a simplified online ISEE form that includes pre-filled data obtained from the Revenue Agency and INPS.
  • DSU for university purposes – This is the ISEE that university students have to present when they enroll for the academic year and is used to calculate the payment of tuition fees based on the student’s household’s capability to contribute.


To request the DSU for ISEE purposes, you will need:

  • A health card
  • valid identity card or passport
  • document certifying the family composition
  • family income referring to the calendar year 2021
  • possibly certificate of unemployment of each member of the family
  • any income and / or asset held in Italy
  • declaration of the buildings owned by the family in the country of origin and with an indication of the square meters
  • certification of the movable assets owned by the family as of 31 December 2021

In case of disability, you’ll need to add the following:

  • Certificate of disability
  • Any costs for hospitalization or hospitalization in residential facilities, as well as costs for personal assistance.


If you want to apply for the ISEE online, you can present your DSU to the INPS independently by visiting the dedicated web portal, if in possession of the device INPS PIN or by SPID. Alternatively, the DSU may be submitted at a Tax Advice Center (CAF) who will take care of you to send the application to INPS.


Once you have completed the DSU, ISEE will be available around ten days after you submit it.


You can request for your ISEE at any time during the year however, its validity starts from the date of submission and runs to the end of December 31 of the same calendar year.


With an ISEE certification, you can access benefits such as the following:

  • Tuition fees reductions
  • Gas, light and water bonus
  • Municipal and regional benefits
  • Citizenship income
  • Universal child allowance

Here you go, this is all you need to know about the ISEE 2022 at a glance.

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