Request from the Spanish tax authorities
Inquiries from the Spanish tax authorities must be answered in a timely manner. If this does not happen, it will often be sanctioned, and you will lose the opportunity to object. Regardless of whether you live permanently in your Spanish residence or not, you must respond to inquiries from the Spanish authorities. It can be a challenge. Especially for non-resident Scandinavians in Spain, as you will often only stay in the country for periods, but especially since the language in Spain is Spanish and English is not accepted in tax cases.
Spanish tax representative
Fortunately, there is a good solution. You can appoint a tax representative of your choice. The Spanish tax authorities can then only contact the tax representative in connection with requests, claims, notifications, etc. Zafo Law is registered as the Spanish tax representative for many Scandinavian property owners in Spain. In practice, this means that Zafo Law will receive the tax authorities’ request on your behalf, and we will thus be able to ensure timely response.
Since 2004, we have handled hundreds of tax cases in Spain on behalf of Scandinavians, and we have thus gained solid experience with:
- Inheritance tax
- Representation and conduct of cases before the Spanish tax authorities and courts
- Annual statement of assets outside Spain (form 720)
- Responding to requests from the Spanish tax authorities
- Spanish tax representative
- Annual Spanish income and wealth tax return for residents and non-residents
- Real estate tax
- Tax resident or not tax resident to Spain
- Special Spanish tax scheme (Beckham rule)
Zafo Law three recommendations
Get a digital certificate
With a digital certificate you or your Spanish advisor can send and receive digital mail to / from the Spanish public authorities. This makes it easier to ensure that there is no important mail from, for example, the Spanish tax authorities in an empty mailbox on your property in Spain.
Remember the annual Spanish tax return
This is true if you own real estate in Spain, and that is whether you are resident or non-resident in Spain. For a period without rental income, a fictitious rental income must be declared. When renting out, tax returns must be made quarterly in the same year as the rental.