THE Spanish tax agency has launched investigations into more than 27,000 retired expats and returned Spanish nationals for failing to declare their pensions from abroad.
Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said the retirees are ‘not being treated as fraudsters’ and that his agency will ‘avoid harming the financial position of those affected’ as far as possible.
But the agency does intend to implement repayment measures.
Socialist party spokesman Antonio Hurtado believes, however, that it is unfair to treat pensioners as criminals, considering 30,000 fraudsters benefitted from a tax amnesty in 2012.
He said their only crime is having been misinformed by the Inland Revenue regarding the treatment of their pension abroad.
“The fight against fraud is focusing on the people who are actually contributing to the economy and not where there really is a major fraud,” he concluded.
According to Finance Minister Montoro, the percentage of the group being investigated is actually ‘very small’, compared to the 800,000 actions undertaken by the agency last year.