In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding your tax return in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxes in Spain can be complicated and you could be subject to fines or penalties if you miss a deadline or don’t do your taxes properly. Advisably, you should seek fiscal advice from an expert to avoid possible complications.
How to file your tax return in Spain?
To file your resident tax return in Spain for the first time, you need to register with the Agencia Tributaria, or the Spanish Tax Authority.
To do this, you’ll need:
- Your Foreigner’s Identity Number (NIE)
- The form Modelo 30, which registers your obligations as a resident taxpayer. You’ll also need to fill out this form if your details have changed.
Tax return in Spain if it’s your first year as a Spanish tax resident
Remember, if it’s your first year as a Spanish tax resident, you have to file a declaration irrespective of your income. Spanish income tax declarations are made using the form Modelo 100. At the time of writing, the deadline for submission was 30th June 2020 for the preceding tax year. You can find advice about how to complete the form on the Spanish Tax Authority website. Alternatively – and advisably – you should seek advice from an expert about how to complete your tax return in Spain.
Tax return in Spain after the first yeart
After the first year, you won’t have to file a Spanish tax return if the following applies to you:
- Your income from all sources is less than €12,000.
- If you have a single pension worth less than €14,000.
- You have less than €1,600 worth of interest or investment income.
- Rental income of less than €1,000.
- If you earn less than €22,000 as an employee, as your employer will deduct your income tax at source.
Note: Taxation if you’re self-employed
If you’re self-employed, or an autonomo as they’re called in Spain, you’ll pay your tax quarterly. However, you still need to make an annual tax declaration. Here, the Tax Authority will calculate whether you’ve paid too much or too little across the course of the year. Considering the requirement of quarterly returns plus an annual declaration, we would strongly suggest seeking the advice of an accountant or fiscal representative.
Free consultation about your taxes in Spain
Taxation in Spain can be complex, especially if you aren’t familiar with the fiscal system. The rules can be difficult to understand and if you don’t follow them correctly you can be subject to fines and late payment interest. That is why it is important that you don’t leave it to chance and to take legal advice.
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