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Post-Brexit Taxation in Spain

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, March, 10. 2020

Lawyer Raymond Nesbitt gives us a sweeping overview of the tax changes we can expect in Spain for UK resident taxpayers as from the 1st January 2021.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
10th of March 2020

I keep getting nagged on why I haven’t published an updated article on this key matter. Probably because I am fed up with Brexit and dislike thinking about it, let alone writing on it. So, here it goes under popular demand.

Please note this taxation article is only aimed at UK resident taxpayers. If you are a UK national, and are resident in Spain, please disregard the whole article. Your nationality is irrelevant, what matters, for the purpose of this taxation article, is if you are tax resident in the UK.

I am going to keep it nice and simple so as many people as possible understand it clearly, leaving aside esoterics. I had already covered this topic back in 2018: Brexit and You – 21st February 2018

Following the Withdrawal Agreement, ratified by the Union and the United Kingdom, the Authorities have agreed a transition period which extends to all of 2020; basically, it’s a status quo on tax matters. For the avoidance of doubt, during 2020 it is going to be business as usual, NOTHING will change.

However, as from the 1st January 2021, there will be significant taxation changes that UK nationals should be aware of. Take good note.

Inheritance & Gift tax

As most readers are probably aware, UK nationals have been paying almost no IHT since 2015 in several regions of Spain, namely Andalusia and Madrid.

However, as from the 01/01/2021 these uber lenient regional tax reliefs (and also local town hall tax reliefs that apply to Plusvalia tax on inheriting) will be discontinued for all UK resident beneficiaries. Only national tax reliefs will continue to apply next year, albeit they are pitiful. In other words, any UK national that stands to inherit as from 2021 onwards can expect a much higher IHT bill in Spain.

Which is why I stress that UK nationals should take this seriously and do some forward tax-planning. I strongly advise British nationals to explore gifting Spanish assets (money & property) to their loved ones so as to avoid being landed with a massive inheritance tax bill as from 2021 onwards. To put this in perspective, in the case of Andalusia, you are looking at a tax difference of 10,000% on average (sic). That is a lot of tax money that can be legally avoided following my tax advice.

Many UK taxpayers have already pre-empted this through us already, but I am well aware there are far more that could also take advantage of huge tax savings. Ignoring my advice will lead many to saddle their loved ones (spouse and children) with huge tax bills on inheriting. Unlike in the UK, it is not the estate itself that is taxed, it is the inheritor. Meaning a beneficiary of an estate in Spain cannot pay inheritance tax out of the Spanish estate itself, you need to raise the tax money independently. Which is why, dependent on cases, it is advised you plan ahead for this event. Don’t sleep on this, be proactive if you want to avoid a whole deal of stress, aggravation and extra taxes to your loved ones.

During all of 2020, UK nationals can gift assets to their loved ones paying little to no Gift tax in several regions of Spain. Take advantage of it while it lasts.

And last but not least, is a point which makes this issue pressing; Spain’s newly-elected government. A hard-left wing coalition (some call it social-communist) has taken power in Madrid and has vowed to put a stop to this regional nil inheritance taxation on IHT. There are serious talks they plan to roll back devolved competencies in all regions on IHT and pass a new nationwide Inheritance Act that will quash (generous) regional tax reliefs, levelling the playing field. Everyone will be taxed equally (read higher) ironing out any and all pesky regional discrepancies. Don’t you love politicians?

We have covered this topic extensively in several articles, pay heed to our tax advice:

 

Rental tax

Tax on rental income will be increased from 19 to 24%, with no tax relief allowed.

Non-Resident Imputed Income Tax (NRIIT)

This annual tax is increased from 19% to 24%.

Capital Gains Tax – Rollover relief

Rollover relief (under 65-year-olds) will no longer apply on reinvesting the sales proceeds in a new main home located in the United Kingdom (for those expats that sell up in Spain and relocate back home to the UK). Which means CGT must now be paid on selling your main home in Spain.

 

 

 “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865). From an impoverished humble background of corn farmers, this self-taught American lawyer, strategist and politician would rise to serve as the 16th US President. He resolutely ensured a pro-Union victory, strengthened the federal government, modernized the economy, brought about the emancipation of slaves and preserved the Union. During his tenure, he held presidential elections in 1864 to be re-elected, amid a devastating Civil War that threatened to tear his country apart and engulf it in a sea of darkness; yet he gave example in the face of adversity, holding steadfast to his ideals, steering the ship safely into port and acting as a beacon of Democracy which light shone with a fierce intensity the likes of which the world has never witnessed, before or since. Never again would a country hold presidential elections amidst a bloody civil war in what constitutes one of History’s greatest democratic feats to date. But most importantly, he went into great lengths to ensure the festering wounds left open during the fratricidal Civil War were healed; generously reconciling both sides in equal terms, as one nation, indivisible, under God. It is for this very reason, that more than two centuries on, he is widely regarded as the greatest American president to grace the White House. Through his courage and sacrifice, which ultimately would claim his own life, he laid the groundwork of what was to become the greatest and most powerful nation on earth over the next two centuries. A true statesman that would always put ahead of any consideration the best interests of his people, by tearing down divisive walls and fostering at every opportunity union. He is likely the greatest American of all time, towering above the rest.

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Article originally published at Spanish Property Insight: Post-Brexit Taxation in Spain

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The (GREAT) importance of the Land Registry in Spain

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, March, 1. 2020

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
1st March 2020

 

The short blog post is my follow-up to this one: The (non) importance of a Spanish Title deed – 21st September 2019

Unlike a Title deed, which in truth bears little to no importance, what matters in Spain is who is the registered owner before the Land Registry. I’ll provide a quaint example that will help to explain the important role the Land Registry plays out in Spain.

Back in 2006, when I was still young and idealistic, I worked for an English law firm on behalf of an institutional investor. We were approached by an elderly borrower who wanted to take out a Lifetime Loan against her property on the Costa del Sol. The lady showed us her original Title deed witnessed by a Spanish Notary almost 30 years prior; in principle all seemed good and checked out.

However, on requesting an updated nota simple for her property from the Land Registry, I was shell-shocked. It pans out it was still registered under the name of her developer, the same one that sold her the offplan property almost three decades earlier!

Now, what struck me most was not that it was not under her name, but the fact that her property had not been taken over by some creditor, or even by some beneficiary, of the developer after all these years! Needless to say, we were forced to turn down her loan application.

She had not retained a lawyer at the time, and once she had signed the property at the Notary, she had blissfully entrusted the developer’s lawyer to register her property under her name at the Land Registry; which of course never took place.

The error she made was not to do a follow up and verify that her Title deed had been lodged correctly at the Land Registry under her name as the new owner. To all legal intent and purposes, the developer was very much still the owner three decades on. You may think this is a one-off, a fluke, you’d be sorely mistaken. I tell you it is not, in fact, it is a far more frequent ‘error’ than what most professionals would care to admit.

This whimsical example goes on to show the (great) importance of the Land Registry in Spain. She felt certain her Title deed categorically proved her ownership and even had it stored in a safe! When in fact the reality was her Title deed meant nothing from a legal point of view (wet paper).

That is why I write that in truth a Title deed bears little to no importance in Spain, as opposed to other countries, specifically Anglo-Saxon ones, where it is required to transmit ownership.

In Spain we have a robust two-tier system (Notary and Land Registry) that secures ownership rights and which I personally find very good.

In Spain what matters really is who appears before the Land Registry as the registered owner. For it is this person, and he alone, who can sell it, rent it or dispose of it as he sees fit.

My example explains the Land Registrar’s motto in Spain, “prior in tempore, potior in iure” which roughly translated is first in right, greater in right. Or more colloquially, first come, first served. He who lodges his right first, has the better claim over a property.

Pro-tip: Always verify your name is duly registered at the Land Registry after you buy property in Spain, never take it for granted. You can request from us a nota simple service (Land Registry report) for a testimonial fee in under 24 working hours.

 

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Home-Seller’s Checklist

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, February, 21. 2020

Lawyer Raymundo Larraín gives us a rundown on the points we should have ready on selling a house in Spain. This is the third of a three-part series on buying & selling property in Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
21st of February 2020

 

Congratulations, you have found a buyer for your Spanish property! You should now instruct a lawyer to represent you in the sale, particularly if you are non-resident in Spain.

To secure the deal, your appointed lawyer will require from you a long list of documents you should have ready at hand. These documents will then be forwarded to the buyer, or his legal representative, as they are necessary to prepare a due diligence. Following this, the next step would be to sign the all-important Private Purchase Contract.

The below list is thought only for non-resident sellers acting as physical persons. If the seller is a holding company, there would be additional documents that need to be handed over to a buyer, or his representative.

Selling a property may at times be a daunting prospect for sellers; to save yourself time, stress and aggravation it is most advisable a seller pre-empts this by collating the below list well ahead of time. You are welcome.

  • Full scanned copy of your purchase Title Deed
  • Scanned copy of a Nota Simple
  • Copies of your national ID, passport and NIE Number certificate (in force). A duplicate NIE certificate may be required at times by notaries if your certificate expired (the assigned number never changes)
  • Copy of recent utility invoices (water & electricity)
  • Copy of IBI tax invoices for the previous 4 years
  • Copy of Refuse Charge (Basura, in Spanish) for the previous 4 years
  • Energy Performance Certificate
  • Licence of First Occupation
  • Community of Owner’s administrator contact details
  • Scanned copies of the minutes of the last three General Assemblies (Junta General Ordinaria, in Spanish)
  • Community of Owner’s Certificate stating the property is not in arrears
  • Spanish fiscal residency certificate (to avoid a 3% retention on the sales proceeds on selling).
  • Copy of Power of Attorney, if instructing a lawyer
  • If renting out, copy of the signed lease agreement

 

 

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Rentals climb for fifth consecutive year in Spain!

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, February, 12. 2020

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
12th of February 2020

Spain has one more year pulverized its own records; for the fifth year in a row rental prices climbed 5.1% YOY. But that’s not all, the price per rented square metre has reached unprecedented levels since 2007! Source: El Mundo daily. Given how rental yields have soared year-on-year across the board over the past five years, this has translated into a 50% increase, which is quite substantial. The average annual rental yield in Spain equates to 5% of a property’s value.

As we published back in October 2019 (8 Tips for Buy-To-Let Success), Buy-To-Let in Spain has proven a very successful investment for savvy investors. Scores of landlords make large amounts every tax quarter. You can realistically expect to rent out nine months a year in Spain as a holiday rental, with huge landlord tax breaks of 70%, or more, on (rental) income tax. This lenient tax relief also extends to non-resident landlords.

The rental money can be used to offset overheads and maintenance expenses, including mortgage repayments. No other investment is giving a 5% yield/year safely.

But that’s not all, it only gets better!

Besides soaring rental yields, you also need to factor in the capital appreciation of property (the increase in value of real estate over time). Properties in Spain have seen their value increase over the previous five years at an average rate of 5% pa. Source: Moody’s

Pro-tip: When you combine both soaring rental yields and capital appreciation, you reach the conclusion that Spanish real estate is giving a safe two-digit return year on year. In plain English, that's over a 10% yield every year safely. This is ideal for retirees who are afraid of sharp stock market fluctuations and seek a save investment in bricks for their pension pot.

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"Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today." – Abraham Lincoln

Self-taught American lawyer, strategist and politician who would rise to serve as the 16th US President. He resolutely ensured a pro-Union victory, strengthened the federal government, modernized the economy, brought about the emancipation of slaves and preserved the Union. A true statesman that would always put ahead of any consideration the best interests of his people, by tearing down divisive walls and fostering at every opportunity union. Likely the greatest American of all time, towering above the rest.

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FIPRE, FEIN and FIAE, new boys on the block

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, February, 3. 2020

Lawyer Raymundo Larraín gives us a light-hearted take on Spain’s new mortgage loan lexicon.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
1st of February 2020

 

You’d be excused if you’ve misread Flipper (the dolphin) or if you thought I’d be rambling on about some new trendy street band of young Irish heartthrobs wooing teenage hearts. Alas, no. It turns out these fancy new F-worded acronyms have become quite the buzz word in the mortgage world; I know, sadly not as exciting as the prospect of talking about glam upstart rock bands but a man has to make a living.

These acronyms have fast become ubiquitous over the last year and you will often hear them spoken out at notaries by suits with knowing glances being exchanged. With this in mind I’d thought I’d write up a short blog post defining each one.

So, next time round you hear them spoken aloud, you can impress your acquaintances on asserting your mastery on Spanish mortgage-lending terms.

FIPRE

Stands for Precontractual Information Pack (Ficha de Información Precontactual, in Spanish). All this fancy-worded acronym means really is just a general review of a mortgage loan’s terms and conditions. It should be stressed it is not binding and it is not personalised. The lender is at liberty to alter the advertised terms and conditions at any time without giving notice. Its usefulness comes into play on being used as a tool to compare other lender’s offers (FIPFREs), that’s all.

FEIN

This one stands for European Standardized Information Pack (Ficha Europea de Información Normalizada, in Spanish). This one is similar to the above, laying out the terms and conditions of a mortgage loan, but unlike the former it is actually contractually binding and is personalized for a prospective borrower. A FEIN is now the equivalent of what we understand in English as a lender´s Binding Offer and is time-limited (normally spanning 3 months). A lender, following new laws, is compelled to supply a borrower with at least 10 days in advance a copy of the FEIN before signing the Mortgage deed at a Notary. It includes useful information such as ‘portability’ of the loan to other lenders, how to desist within 14 days or how to make partial redemptions of the loan.

FIAE

The final one stands for European Standardized Warning Pack (Ficha Europea de Advertencias Estandarizadas, in Spanish). If it sounds scary, it is because it is meant to be. It is a mixed bag where they throw in all the common mortgage abusive clauses, official benchmark indexes to which a loans is indexed, early redemption penalties etc. Basically, it provides an overview on all the conflictive points which caused borrowers so much aggravation in the not-so-distant past on taking out mortgage loans in Spain. You’d do well to acquaint yourself with them before blissfully signing away your life on the dotted line.

Conclusion

The afore constitutes a prime example of a EU-led initiative devised to bolster borrower’s and consumer’s rights, handholding them in the aftermath of the 2008 subprime bank meltdown which resulted in hundreds of thousands of Spanish families losing their homes on being repossessed.

It is only fit and proper that EU lawmakers take an active interest in our mortgage woes given how our local overlords are all-consumed with domestic separatist affairs and petty power squabbles between conservatives and progressives.

These new terms, and many others, have been recently introduced by  Spain’s New Mortgage Act in March 2019, which in turn is a transposal of a European Regulation from 2014 devised to raise awareness, shed light and facilitate the comprehension on complex mortgage lending terms allowing laymen to understand (here’s hoping) when they sign up for a 20-year mortgage loan. This new well-meaning regulation, which at times goes out of its way to protect consumers to the point of being counterproductive, has been enacted to avoid repeat scenarios like the 2008 property bubble collapse ensuring the protection of young families (mainly from themselves) and avoid them losing their homes.

Well, so goes the theory anyway.

 

Spain’s new mortgage law came into force on 16th of June 2019. It will greatly alleviate struggling family’s finances greatly bolstering consumer & lender rights.

 

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A sad goodbye

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Buy your dream home in paradise: Costa del Sol

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, January, 21. 2020

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer – Abogado
21st of January 2020

The Costa del Sol boasts one of Europe’s most privileged climates. Honouring its name, the Costa del Sol has over 330 days of sunshine a year, light and warmth are never too far away.

White pearly beaches stretch lazily far away until the land meets the sky, a myriad golf courses, exclusive yacht moorings, cosmopolitan restaurants and elite international schools; all these contribute to make the Costa del Sol a unique and ideal place to settle and live in with an exceptional quality of life.

From the bling and glitz of Marbella, to the sweetly-scented gardens of Estepona, and the spiritual insightfulness of Benahavis, the Costa del Sol offers a wide array of different lifestyles to choose from. Which one appeals to you?

Where to live on the Costa del Sol?

Marbella, Benahavis and Estepona.

Marbella, an iconic place of world renown and beauty. Marbella honours its name, which means ‘beautiful sea’ in Spanish. Luxury and good life meld to create a unique place chosen by discerning tourists and bon vivants for generations. Marbella, with its beautiful bewitching La Concha mountain, draws you in, capturing the imagination of tourists for decades. It is a melting pot of nationals from all over the world, who flock to it choosing it as second residence to enjoy the sea and its famous all-year-round micro-climate. Modern communications (including toll highways), a plethora of amenities, a first-class modern hospital, private schools, shopping centres galore make Marbella an ideal home for families with young children and retirees. Marbella caters to discerning and sophisticated property buyers looking to purchase outstanding homes. This sassy city offers the best of style, beauty and luxury the world has to offer for those privileged few that can afford it. If anything, you will be spoilt for choice in Marbella.

Benahavis is a small peaceful town nestled high in Ronda’s mountain ridge. This picturesque town, founded by Arabs over 1,000 years ago, is straight out of a post card. It is home to over 100 family-run restaurants which cater to a demanding crowd. Over the last years it has become the place of choice for ultra-wealthy individuals looking for privacy who have built fabulous mansions overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The dusk falls against the dramatic sky drop of the silhouetted mountain ridge is second to none, simply breath taking. This steady influx of affluent newcomers, who seek the refuge of spiritual wellness and flee from large urban agglomerations which dot the coastline, has strongly contributed to make it the town with the highest income per inhabitant of all Andalusia. Benahavis, the best kept secret of those in the know.

Estepona, the garden city, for years was overshadowed, snubbed by its two glitzier sister cities; no more! It has come into its own, becoming a hotspot for bustling offplan activity. Estepona teams with life, commingling a traditional laid-back Spanish lifestyle with an international sophistication. The Kempinski 5-star resort hotel is the city’s flagship of style and luxury. Estepona has worked hard to build its own reputation as a garden eden which is reflected in its beautiful sprawling gardens and lush green areas surrounding the city. If you are looking for the authentic Spanish flavour, and (still) affordable seashore prices, look no further. Estepona, the place to be seen.

 

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How to buy and sell property in Spain other than in euros

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, January, 7. 2020

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer – Abogado
7th of January 2020

A question we frequently get asked is if you can buy and sell property in Spain in a currency other than euros. Short answer is yes, and in fact it is done fairly frequently. I’m going to write a daft little example which in truth happens all the time.

Imagine the case of a British seller who wants to sell up and return to the United Kingdom. He finds a fellow British interested in buying his Spanish property. Normally, a buyer needs to change over his sterling pounds into euros, buy the house, and then the seller would need to change again the euros into sterling pounds when he heads back to the UK. If both buyer and seller are ill-advised, they are going to pay steep commissions for the privilege of changing back the sales proceeds from one currency to the next and then back again. In truth it would make no sense in this particular case. Surprisingly, many buyers and sellers make this grievous mistake because they have not taken proper legal counsel.

In this particular scenario, it makes sense that the property is acquired and paid for only in pounds. Thus, cutting out all the pesky exchange rate commissions not to mention the risk of fluctuation rates. The Spanish Notary will have no qualms to witness the conveyance in the mutually agreed currency (sterling pounds). Your lawyer must add a few pointers to the deed to make it happen, otherwise the transaction will not be accepted by either the Spanish Tax Office or the Land Registry.

Notwithstanding the above, all property-related taxes need to be calculated and paid for in euros, granted. But that is only blatant. What matters is that the bulk of the operation can go forward in your chosen currency without losing a great deal of the proceeds along the way in middlemen, exchange rate commissions and bank charges. On doing this, both parties stand to save between 2 – 5 % of the sales proceeds, let alone avoiding FX currency fluctuation risks. Not bad at all, eh?

 

Original article commissioned and published by IDEALISTA: How to buy and sell property in Spain other than in euros

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Buying off-plan property in Spain – 8th of June 2013
How to buy commercial property in Spain – 4th July 2014
How to buy rural property in Spain – 8th August 2014
How to Buy Property in Spain Safely – 10th October 2014
House Hunting in Spain – Interview with The New York Times. June 2015
Buying property in Spain from a private seller (Resale Property) – 21st of February 2017
Buying property in Spain from a developer (Off-Plan Property) – 8th March 2017
How to inspect an off-plan property overseas – Q&A with The Sunday Times. July 2017
Buying property in Spain – 10 reasons to hire a lawyer – 8th November 2016
8 Tips on Buying Off-Plan in Spain – 8th June 2018
Tax advantages on becoming resident in SpainThe Address magazine (pages 358 - 373). December 2018
Taxes on buying Spanish property – 8th December 2018
Do’s and don’ts on buying property in Spain – 8th April 2019
8 tips on buying a home in Spain – 8th June 2019

 

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Season's Greetings

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, December, 20. 2019

From Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers, we wish all our clients and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The law firm will now remain closed for the holiday season and will reopen its doors on Tuesday the 7th of January 2020.

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Desde Larraín Nesbitt Abogados, deseamos a todos nuestros clientes y amigos unas muy Felices Fiestas y un próspero Año Nuevo.

El despacho permanecerá ahora cerrado por vacaciones y nos incorporaremos de nuevo el martes 7 de enero 2020.

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Non-Resident Imputed Income Tax end-of-year reminder (NRIIT)

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, December, 1. 2019

The clock is ticking. If you are non-resident, and you own property in Spain, this is your last chance to file your Non-Resident Imputed Income Tax for year 2019. Even if you do not rent it out, you need to file this end-of-year tax. We file taxes online all over Spain.

Marbella-based Larrain Nesbitt Lawyers has over 16 year’s taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.

Blog post copyrighted © 2019. Plagiarism will be criminally prosecuted.

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer – Abogado
1st of December 2019

 

The end of 2019 fast approaches.

One of our last blog posts for this year, is a gentle tax reminder.

All non-residents, who own property in Spain, need to file by the end of this year a tax called Non-Resident Imputed Income Tax (NRIIT, for short), even if you do not rent out your Spanish property. You are taxed on the previous year (2018).

We offer the following taxation service for a flat fee of 100 euros plus VAT/year.

We file your tax online within 24 hours.

Our last day to file this tax in 2019 is Friday the 20th of December.

 

We offer the most competitive fees in the market.

Non-Resident Imputed Income Tax (Fiscal Representation Service) €100/year

We are specialized in taxation

 

Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers, small on fees, big on service.

Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers is a law firm specialized in taxation, conveyancing, inheritance and litigation. We will be very pleased to discuss your matter with you. You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88 or by completing our contact form.

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