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Don't use a Solicitor to do your Spanish Tax Return
12 May 2014 @ 13:07

A lot of the expats I know use a solicitor to do their Spanish tax return.  I'm amazed at the fees the solicitors charge them.  In some cases this can be hundreds of euros, and is often more than the actual tax that has to be paid.

In fact, I bet the solicitors don't even do the tax returns themselves.  They will probably get an asesor/gestor to do it for a fraction of the cost and the solicitor will pocket a nice margin on the deal.

I know you could try and do your own tax return, thus paying no fees but I wouldn't recommend it.  Spanish tax can be an absolute minefield and there have been a lot of changes over tha last couple of years in relation to what deductions can be claimed for example.

You can actually get a appointment at your local tax office and they will submit your tax return for free.  However, it can be difficult to get an appointment as they seem to go as soon as they're released.  Also, it's not really in their interest to try and reduce your tax bill.

The best option, in my opinion, is to get an asesor/gestor to do your tax return.  You should expect to pay around 40 to 50 euros for this.  My asesor charges 40 euros if we do a joint tax return, or 50 euros if we need to do them separately.  He calculates whether a joint or single tax return is the cheapest.  All I do is turn up with my borrador and the various documentation needed and hand them over.  He then calls me a week or so later to say everything is ready to submit.  I pop back in, check it looks ok, then he submits it to Hacienda.

Using an asesor/gestor is the approach that most of the Spaniards I know take.  It's a cheap and stress free way of getting your tax return.  Solicitors should definitely be avoided.

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eggcup said:
13 May 2014 @ 09:15

That makes a lot of sense, in my opinion. Since no-one takes responsibility for it other than yourself, there does seem to be no advantage in paying solicitors' fees. Our solicitor never has an inkling of the financial side of things and I'm sure she has cost us a fortune over the years through her lack of knowledge about how we could save money during various transactions.
Well done for giving people a 'money saving idea' just like it says on the box!

Spanner64 said:
17 May 2014 @ 07:51

I can understand that this is the cheapest option but when you don't actually live there for a great length of time as we do, you don't want to spend your long earned rest sorting out the tax return and going to your local office. When your time is best spent relaxing on the beach 😴

Sanchez1 said:
17 May 2014 @ 09:59

Out of interest, how do you do your tax return then?

Spanner64 said:
17 May 2014 @ 10:11

Hi Sanchez1

I do use my solicitor, I know I pay more doing it this was but it is peace of mind and I know it will be done correctly. I can also contact them if I need any help with any issues, I have always found them very helpful and they do not charge me any extra of any advice or help they give me.

Sanchez1 said:
17 May 2014 @ 10:17

Hi Spanner64,
I guess if you're getting extra advice on other issues for free, then it sounds like you're getting a good deal.

gill_malouf said:
23 June 2014 @ 09:02

I recently won a bank guarantee court case but didn't get my IVA refunded. To me this is paying tax for nothing...and the amount could buy me a run about car. Does anyone know what I can do to get my IVA refunded?

paintpot said:
23 January 2016 @ 12:41

I use my Spanish solicitor to submit my tax return and make payment on my behalf. It is expensive as the fees are 175 euros.
But not being resident in Spain it can all be done by email and leaves me
confident that all is correct. British tax returns are daunting
enough without having to deal with the level of bureaucracy in Spain.

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