A GROUP of Chiclana expats claim they are being ripped off by the town hall’s calculations of property tax.
The association, IBI Real, insist that many families in the area are being charged too much IBI – similar to council tax in the UK.
They are insisting that the town hall conducts a review of all properties to ensure the tax charged – based on property value – properly reflects the nationwide housing price collapse.
A key factor taken into account by the town hall when calculating IBI is whether the property is on rural or urban land.
IBI Real insists that too many properties are being charged at the higher urban rate.
Bill Davie, a leading member of the group told the Olive Press: “People should only be charged the ‘urbano’ rate if they receive council provided utilities.
“The remainder, which would probably apply to the majority of properties, should be charged the ‘rustico’ rate.”
He added: “IBI Real can improve things for all expats if it can succeed in persuading the council to acknowledge that IBI must be fairly charged.”
Although only formed in October 2013, IBI Real has already attracted attention from both Spaniards and expats.
The latest initiative of IBI is a travelling outdoor office in the Chiclana area, to help people fill out forms and demand a refund where they have been overcharged.