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Spanish tax forms foreigners need to complete to avoid penalties

Spanish tax forms

Living in Spain brings with it fantastic opportunities to enjoy a different culture, climate and pace of life. Whatever stage of life you are at, it is a rewarding experience. When moving to another country, though, one must be aware of the tax procedures in place. We would like to remind you that taxation in […]

Will you benefit from the tax reform?


A draft Spanish tax reform law was approved on the 20th June. The new reforms were proposed by the finance minister Cristobal Montoro at a meeting of the Council of Ministers and are intended to be introduced by January 2015. In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding the Spanish tax reform. […]

Catching the tax evaders


Is CCTV surveillance a good or a bad thing? Most people agree that having a watchful eye in our streets and thoroughfares is a good idea. But how far should it go and when does neighbourhood watch become Big Brother? We have become almost blasé to the fact that we can feature in almost a […]

Postal dilemmas for non-resident Spanish property owners

Tax notifications non-residents Spain

It’s around 12.00 o’clock on a weekday. The sound of a scooter punctures the peace and quiet that usually characterises our little calle. It happens every day around this time and is followed by the appearance of our young post woman on her bright yellow scooter. She doesn’t usually have much to bring us and […]

A new Spanish tax: tax on air-conditioners


In the middle of an economic crisis it seems as though European governments are thinking up even more weird and wonderful ways of clawing back money. Of course, taxation is one of the main ways that they can attempt to make the books balance. But who would have thought the Spanish government would think of […]

Spanish air-conditioning tax

I remember learning at school about the window tax of the 17th and 18th century. A property tax based on the number of windows in the house, it led to people taking all kinds of measures in order to avoid it. Now in the 21st century we can welcome its modern equivalent in Spain – […]

IVA in Spain: All you need to know about Spanish VAT

IVA in Spain or Spanish VAT

The Spanish Government has to increase the amount of tax it collects alongside saving money through austerity measures. One of the main ways that countries have been doing this across Europe is through increasing the rate of VAT (IVA in Spain). Spain followed suit in September 2012. In this article we will go through some […]

Bogus Spanish Tax Authority Websites


It’s no longer just a case of making sure you don’t lose your credit card or have it stolen. You have to watch out for internet fraud too if you’re going to protect your bank account. Occasionally, someone will contact us concerned about an email they have received directly from the Spanish Tax Authority (Agencia […]

More letters from the Spanish Tax Authority


Who does it apply to? Non-residents with a house in Spain who have not presented their imputed income tax. Every non-resident must pay two annual property taxes: Council tax (IBI) Income tax (La Renta) payable even if you don’t rent out your property Are you at risk? You are at risk if you have not […]

Have you received this letter?


Who might receive a letter? Since the end of 2011, the Spanish Tax Authority has sent out thousands of letters to resident and non-resident property owners. They have targeted those people who have not made a tax declaration during  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The letter does not refer to the payment of IBI […]