Whether you are selling or buying property in Spain certain requirements must be met and procedures followed to ensure the purchase complies with Spanish Law and regulations.
Legal representation and assistance is particularly necessary in Spain when purchasing or selling property. The Conveyancing process in Spain involves different degrees of participation by various parties: the seller, their legal representative, the real estate agent, the accountant, a notary public, the registrar, utilities companies, the town hall, banks, and in some cases the local courts, regional authorities, etc. Continue reading
It is a very common practice, amongst both foreigners and nationals, to rent out a second property that they don’t use for a certain period of the year to generate extra income and cover costs. However, this practice results in certain tax obligations for the owner in Spain, which we will aim to clarify in this post.
As you may remember, I have referred to this tax in previous posts without fully explaining what it entails exactly. Here is a breakdown of the key facts of Spanish Non-Resident Tax.
The determining factor regarding what kind of Income Tax a natural o legal person pays in Spain is residence. Residents pay regular Income Tax (IRPF) or Corporation Tax (IS), and non-residents, both natural and legal persons, pay must pay Non-resident Income Tax (IRNR).
As we all know, citizens of EU and EEA member states are allowed free movement throughout the Spanish territory. This is in theory. In reality, since 11th July 2012, the conditions for residence in Spain for more than 3 months have become much stricter.
Since the summer of 2014 there has been a wide media coverage on the EU ruling affecting Spanish Inheritance and Gift Tax. The existing tax legislation in Spain, at that time, created a situation of unequal tax treatment depending on whether the deceased and/or the inheritors were Spanish residents or not.
As we all know, the current economic situation in Europe, and the special vulnerability of the Spanish economic and housing market, make Spain a country with appealing potential for foreign investors wishing to acquire real estate here.
Climate, way of living, beaches, but above all affordable prices for those originating from abroad, encourage other European citizens to makes plans for their future here. At a time when accessing credit has become extremely complicated for Spanish nationals, the difficulties for foreigners in buying property in Spain are far fewer.
— Execution of the notarized public deed of purchase. The acquisition must be attested to by aSpanish notary public or by a Spanish Consul abroad, to whom it is necessary to show evidence of The identity of the parties