Tax Guide for Non-Resident Property Owners in Spain 2016

Management of Non-resident Taxes

 

Income Tax

As non resident in Spain and owner of a property you are liable to the non residents income tax. This tax is paid once a year. You pay it before the end of the current year for the previous one (in 2016 you will pay for financial year 2015). The amount due is calculated on the cadastral value of your property. This amount is the result of applying a 19.5% on the 1.1% of the assessed value.

Cadastral Value x 19.5% x 1.1%

Please note that if you rent your property you also have to declare this income but instead of declaring this income once a year you will have to declare it quarterly. The amount to declare is the entire amount received from the tenant, without deducting any costs*.

*Nevertheless, as we are dealing with taxpayers resident in another European Union member state, the expenses described in the Law on Personal Income Tax (IRPF) can be deducted when calculating the taxable base, as long as proof is provided that these expenses are directly related to income earned in Spain and have a direct economic connection that is inseparable from the activity carried out in Spain.

  • Income accrued in 2014: 24.75%
  • Income accrued in 2015: 19.5%

 

Wealth Tax

Wealth Tax has been re-established temporarily for tax years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, accruing on 31 December of each of these years. Wealth tax is an annual tax, payable on the total value of your taxable assets as at 31st December. If you are resident in Spain you are liable to the tax on your worldwide assets; if non-resident, then only on your Spanish assets.

Tax base: The current tax-free allowance for non-residents is 700,000 €

Obligation to declare: All taxpayers with a positive tax liability are obliged to file a tax return.

 

Local Taxes for Property Owners

Local yearly Property Tax: The Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles (known as IBI) is fixed by the local authorities ayuntamiento), depending on both the value of the land and of the property itself. This tax is paid yearly (before the end of November), and you can go to the local tax office and pay it directly when you receive the yearly notice in your postbox, or you can arrange an automatically debit from a Spanish bank account (the best option if you do not live permanently in Spain).

Local yearly rates: House-owners in Spain are also required to pay yearly rates, which is a contribution to street lighting, maintenance of facilities and rubbish collection. The yearly amount again depends on the area and is paid to the local council.

 

This text was written by the offices of Alfonso Benavides Y Asoc. S.L.

 

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