NON-RESIDENT property owners are being warned they are still required to pay tax on their home even if it is not earning them an income.
The Spanish tax authorities are clamping down on those who have failed to pay Deem Income Tax – dubbed the ‘enjoyment’ tax – over the last four years.
Letters are being sent to non-residents who have not paid the charge, along with fines for late payment.
“Unfortunately, ignorance of the existence of this tax does not excuse you from paying it,” said Jose Lopez Avalos, from Manilva Solicitors.
“It is understood that non-resident clients are benefitting through ‘enjoyment’ of the property, and this is taxable.
“It means the taxman not charging tax on real income such as rent, but on a deemed income from the property.
The tax is used to fund airports and motorways used by non-residents in order to to enjoy their properties.”
He added: “The tax is not usually high so it is worth paying on time to avoid the risk of being fined.”
Non-residents can pay the tax using Form 210, available from the Spanish tax office website www.aeat.es.
Payment for the 2012 tax year must be made before the end of 2013.
For more info contact Manilva Solicitors on 952 901 225 or [email protected]