Lawyer Raymond Nesbitt goes on to explain how vendors (both resident and non-resident) can now benefit from a time-limited opportunity to claim back their tax on selling property at a loss in Spain. WARNING: in the majority of cases, you only have 30 days to file for a tax rebate.
By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
8th of November 2017
Following a recent Constitutional Supreme Court ruling from 2017, if you have sold (or are planning to sell) property in Spain at a loss you can now benefit (for a limited time only) from a full tax refund (plus interests).
The new ruling argues that taxes need to respect the constitutional principle of economic capacity. Taxing someone when no profit was made (on selling) would therefore be unconstitutional and would qualify for a full tax refund.
On selling, a vendor needs to pay a tax known as ‘plusvalia’ tax. It is this tax that can be fully refunded.
Practical effects of this new ruling
How can we help you recover your money?
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No. You will be expected to pay this tax to your town hall on selling a property whether you have made a profit or not. Once you have paid it can we then claim back the tax on your behalf plus interests.
This information is incorrect, hugely misleading and can make you lose ALL your money. There is nothing worse and more dangerous than a half-baked truth.
The first step for a law firm to recover your funds is to apply for a refund petition. Wording and arguing the petition properly, in a legal manner, is critical for reasons I explain further below. In 99% of cases town halls turn down this form or simply ignore the claim.
Once the claim is spurned by a town hall, the following step is to instigate a legal proceeding which hinges on said petition, hence its importance. If the petition was incorrectly worded, say by a layman, the case is lost beforehand, and you will NOT receive back your money, period. Litigation is necessary almost in every case to recover your money.
If you want your funds back, you simply need to hire a law firm such as ours to act on your behalf from start to finish; you cannot cut corners doing it yourself.
You can try albeit most likely fail. You simply need to appoint a lawyer to litigate on your behalf.
There is a limited time frame to claw back your tax refund (which varies depending on your own personal circumstances, ranging from only 30 days to 4 years). After your claim becomes time-barred, your case is precluded and you lose all your money.
Act now, you will not get a second chance! Contact us free of compromise before it is too late.
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Article also published at Spanish Property Insight: Have you sold property at a loss in Spain? You can now apply for a full tax refund!
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