Lawyer Raymond Nesbitt gives all Spanish tax residents a gentle reminder to submit tax form 720 over the next weeks. Last day to submit it is the 1st of April 2019.
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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - Abogado
21st of March 2019
This tax form is for reporting purposes only, you do NOT pay any tax on submitting it.
I have structured this blog post as a FAQ for ease of comprehension.
Who needs to declare?
All Spanish tax residents who own assets overseas over €50,000.
E.g. Mr. and Mrs. Smith live all year round in Mijas Costa, Spain. They own two houses in Berwickshire, England, have open bank accounts in the UK and receive UK-based pensions.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are in fact tax resident in Spain and they both need to submit tax form 720.
Again, and for the avoidance of doubt, if you are non-resident in Spain you do NOT need to file this tax form; it’s only for residents.
Who is considered tax resident in Spain?
The Spanish Tax Office applies - amongst others - the following broad criteria:
Obligation to report?
You must report all assets in a particular category if the value of your total assets in it exceeds €50,000.
2019 submission period
From the 1st of January until the 1st of April 2019.
Can I file it after the submission period?
Yes, but penalties apply. Ask us.
If you have already filed tax form 720 in the past
You only need to file it again if:
Penalties for non-compliance
The disproportionate fines levied are (very) stiff.
The Common Reporting Standard and you
Please take good note that with the advent of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), signed by over 100 countries to combat tax evasion, as from the 1st of January 2018, the Spanish Tax Office is being spoon-fed fiscal information by your home tax office.
For example, both HM Revenue & Customs and Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners are busy supplying the Spanish Tax Office with detailed information (and vice versa) on all your overseas assets and reported income derived abroad as from the 1st of January 2018.
We strongly advise you to submit tax form 720 if you are resident in Spain to avoid steep penalties.
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