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Law in Spain is a dedicated Blog to advise British Expats living in Spain about their legal issues through the expertise of Abad Abogados lawyers. The main purpose of this blog is helping Expats to find useful and updated legal tips to deal with Spanish Bureaucracy.

16 June 2020 @ 16:16

Hacienda, the Spanish version of HMRS, is taking advantage of the COVID19 crisis mooring people in Spain to crack down on them. They are arguing that if you spend more than 183 living in Spain (regardless of the circumstances) then you are a Spanish resident and you are liable to do your tax return here (IRPF in Spanish).

Not only a foreign citizen would have to pay, according to the Hacienda interpretation of the law, their yearly tax returns but also Inheritance Tax if somebody dies while the heir has spent 183 or more days in Spain.

Furthermore, Hacienda will also make foreign citizens pay Wealth Tax (Impuesto del Patrimonio) taking into account their worldwide wealth. In order to do that, the 720 form needs to be filed in at the Hacienda offices informing all the rights, shares and ownerships one has that exceeds the €50,000.00.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has urged national tax offices to follow the guidelines left by some of its members like Australia, United Kingdom or Ireland. These tax offices have decided to ignore the time spent in their countries by workers, agents, executives or administrators.

Here at Abad Abogados we believe that Hacienda should consider the unwilling extended stay in Spain of foreign citizens to be force majeure, and to not include that time in their calculations for residency. Particularly when the affected person has made efforts to return to their home country as soon as the travel bans are lifted.

If you have stayed in Spain during the COVID19 crisis unwillingly and would like advice regarding its impact on your tax obligations in Spain, the Abad Abogados bilingual team in Spain is ready to help you, as it counts among its ranks with legal professionals in Tax Law and litigators ready to fight for you.

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