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Spanish tax forms foreigners need to complete to avoid penalties

Spanish tax forms

Last updated on April 5th, 2023 at 09:59 am. 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. […]

Will you benefit from the tax reform?


Last updated on May 9th, 2020 at 04:06 pm. 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 […]

Catching the tax evaders


Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 05:51 pm. 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 […]

Postal dilemmas for non-resident Spanish property owners

Tax notifications non-residents Spain

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 05:53 pm. 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. […]

A new Spanish tax: tax on air-conditioners


Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 09:59 am. 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 […]

Spanish air-conditioning tax

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. 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 […]

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

IVA in Spain or Spanish VAT

Last updated on April 28th, 2020 at 10:59 am. 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 […]

Bogus Spanish Tax Authority Websites


Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 10:05 am. 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 […]

More letters from the Spanish Tax Authority


Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 10:12 am. 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 […]

Have you received this letter?


Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 10:32 am. 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 […]