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23 Feb 2013 09:14 by jimmy.reid Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

I purchased my appartment in jan 2007 and to date have not paid any property tax. I use it as a holiday home but my daughter who has been studying in Spain has stayed in it for the past 3 years. I have had no income from the flat. Can anyone advise on how I can pay the tax due since purchase.

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23 Feb 2013 09:29 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message


As your daughter lives in the property, I would suggest that she could go to a Gestor locally and ask your questions. 
That way you will get one (set ) of answers which apply specifically to you, rather than the wide ranging advice you may get here, and which may just confuse you more (information overload)..



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23 Feb 2013 11:58 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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 You should be paying the local annual tax (rates, known as IBI) to the town hall. If you haven't been, I suggest you go to the town hall IBI office with your escritura (deeds) and sort it out.

You should also be paying non-resident income tax (even if you have no income from it). You should be filing an annual tax return using modelo 210 (if you Google it you'll find plenty of info). 

As John says, find a local gestor if you're not sure how to proceed.



"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please"

Mark Twain




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25 Feb 2013 08:25 by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9336 posts Send private message

25 Feb 2013 09:05 by acer Star rating. 1415 posts Send private message

Hi Jimmy,

It took me a while to get my head round the property taxes.  Some of it defies logic and the jargon doesn't help either - but this is the note I made for myself when it finally sunk in...

There are 2 property taxes in Spain
a)      “Declaracion de la Renta” (Modelo (form) 210) This is the Income Tax payable in Spain and is calculated by several factors. 

First off find out the “Cadastral value” of the property. This is shown on the IBI (aka Suma)(see b below) and also in the property deeds. The Cadastral value is a notional value and similar to the UK “ratable value”. 

The assumed earnings element will be first decided on either 1.1% or 2% of the Cadastral value dependent on when the cadastral value was last assessed. The lower figure of 1.1% applies on properties valued since 1994.

This Agencia Tributaria set the annual percentage of this figure which is actually payable. In 2011 it was 24%. So the abbreviated calculation is RV x (either 1.1% or 2%) x 0.24

The tax is paid regardless of whether or not you have any rental income from the property. The Spanish just call it “deemed rental income” – so everyone is obliged to cough up.

b)      IBI (aka Suma) which is the equivalent of our Council Tax.

I used Spanish Tax Forms (  to calculate the amount due under a) above and provide the forms required for payment.  They charge £25 to do so.  To actually pay the two taxes you usually to go to 2 different locations, but suggest you start with your local Town Hall.  Our local bank very helpful in setting up future direct debits to reduce the annual chore involved.

Those with more knowledge may pick holes in the above, but I believe it's basically right and I hope it helps.

Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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