Income and wealth tax for non resident in Spain
Are you living in Spain and do you wonder if you have to pay wealth tax? The answer is probably yes, but let’s start from the begining.
The Wealth Tax in Spain is an annual tax, payable on the total net value of your assets held on 31st December. The total net value is understood as: All assets and rights of economic content owned by a natural person deducting charges and encumbrances which diminish its value, as well as personal debts and obligations.
Wealth tax may catch you by surprise, as Spain is one of the few countries in which this extra tax is approved. Both residents and non-residents are subject to paying Spanish wealth tax. This tax does come with a series of Allowances, which means that many people are exempt from this tax, however, for wealthier individuals, it can have a significant impact.
The rules vary depending on your residency status in Spain and the region you are in, as several Spanish autonomous regions, including the Comunidad Valenciana, have their own tax laws in force, which allow them to set their own tax-free allowances and deductions or establish the levied tax rate they see fit.
A taxpayer’s wealth takes into account the total net value of all assets. However, there are different rules that apply to calculate each individual value, depending on the type of asset. For example, homes are valued at the highest value between the purchase price, cadastral value or value set by the administration, whereas bank accounts will be valued by the highest balance between the 31st December and the average balance of the last quarter.
Once the assets have been valued, the allowances are applied. Also, Spanish Wealth tax is a progressive tax, so the higher the wealth the higher the tax.
Below you will find two tables comparing the National tax rate, which ranges between 0.20% and 3.50%, and the tax rate in the Comunidad Valenciana which varies very slightly ranging between 0.25% and 3.50%.
Those required to submit a wealth tax declaration form in Spain will have from April to June 30th of each year, coinciding with the income tax period.
The IP is a strictly individual tax, so a married couple must submit one form each and for example the ownership of the property and rights which are common to both, shall be attributed in half to each of them. The form to be sent is the form 714.
Please note that tax rates, scope and reliefs may change and we advise that you to seek professional advice from Tax advisors who can take care of the Wealth Tax for you.